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JWST: First Image of a New Dawn of Discovery

On July 12, 2022, the moment many in the astronomical world have been waiting for will finally arrive! The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will kick off its science mission, releasing its first science images that showcase the telescope’s incredible capabilities and potential for amazing discovery. Throughout its mission, JWST will provide new insights into the early universe, the evolution of galaxies, the life cycles of stars and the characterization of exoplanets. These first images promise to be visually stunning and, perhaps more importantly, demonstrate the power of its instruments.

Join the SETI Institute and Evergreen Valley College for a special panel discussion to take a look at the images and what they represent, and take a deep dive into what we can expect from JWST:

  • Dr. Natalie Batalha: Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, and her project, The Transiting Exoplanet Community of Early Release Science Program, was awarded significant observation hours on JWST
  • Dr. Uma Gorti: Research Scientist at the SETI Institute studying star and planet formation whose JWST observations will provide new information on how planet-forming disks evolve
  • Dr. Natasha Batalha: Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center who will use JWST to learn more about exoplanet atmospheres

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Simon Steel, Deputy Director of the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute.

Following the panel discussion and Q&A, the audience is invited to participate in astronomical observations using Unistellar’s eVscope with SETI Institute scientists Ariel Graykowski and Ryan Lambert.


Friday, 07/15/22


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