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First Results from the James Webb Space Telescope

Alex Filippenko 

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We have a new supersensitive eye in the cosmic sky. Parked nearly one million miles from Earth, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is 100 times more sensitive than the Hubble Space Telescope. JWST observes at "low" frequencies, from the red to the mid-infrared parts of the spectrum, offering new insights into a vast array of objects and processes -- including solar system formation, star birth and death, galaxy evolution, and, perhaps, the origins of life. The talk will include images and results from the first months of the telescope's operation.

Professor Alex Filippenko was voted the University of California, Berkeley's "best professor" nine times!  He is the only astronomer to contribute to both research teams whose work earned the 2011 Physics Nobel Prize for discovering the acceleration of the expanding universe. He has produced five astronomy video courses with The Great Courses, co-authored an award-winning astronomy textbook, and appeared in about 100 TV documentaries. Among his many awards are the Education Prize of the American Astronomical Society and the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.



Wednesday, 03/08/23


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Foothill College
Smithwick Theater
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022