Imaging and Spectroscopy with the James Webb Space Telescope
George Sonneborn (Laboratory for Observational Cosmology, NASA-GSFC)
Monday 10 December 2012, NOON
Pratt Conference Room, 60 Garden Street
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large aperture, cryogenic,
infrared-optimized space observatory under construction by NASA, ESA,
and CSA for launch in 2018. JWST will find and study the first
galaxies that formed in the early universe, and peer through dusty clouds
to see star and planet formation at high spatial resolution. The
breakthrough capabilities of JWST will enable new studies of star
formation and evolution in the Milky Way, including the Galactic
Center, and in nearby galaxies. There are instrument modes
specifically designed for observing exoplanet transits.
Moving target capabiity will allow observations of planets,
satellites, asteroids, KBOs, and comets beyond 1 AU.