RAS Ordinary Meeting - November 2022

November 2022 OM
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Early science from JWST - Dr Olivia Jones

From JWST SD meeting

2022 is an exciting year for astronomy, with the science operations for the highly anticipated James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) starting this summer! Webb is observing the universe in at high-resolution in the infrared, with its complement of infrared instrumentation offering an unparalleled combination of sensitivity and diffraction limited performance, will open a new window on the universe. Webb is set to transform our understanding of the first bright objects in the universe, how stars and planets form, and will search for the chemical signatures of life on distant planets. In this talk I will give both an overview of the revolutionary engineering and science that has and will be achieved by Webb, including a discussion on commissioning this flagship telescope, the first light data and the science am doing with Webb.

Dr Olivia Jones is a STFC Webb Fellow, based at the UK Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. She received her PhD from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in 2013, and then worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute (the home to Hubble and Webb mission operations) prior to moving to Scotland.  She is an expert in infrared astronomy and researches the beginnings and ends of stellar evolution in nearby galaxies with Webb and Hubble. She is currently a member of the Webb instrument team and was involved in supporting its launch, commissioning and first observations earlier this year.


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James Dungey Lectureship


Venue Address

The Royal Astronomical Society,Burlington House


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