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Heilborn Lecture: Marcia Rieke: James Webb Space Telescope: 25 Years to Build, 2 Years to Change Astronomy

When: Friday, April 5, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CT

Where: Technological Institute, Ryan Family Auditorium, L165, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Laura Nevins   (847) 467-6678

Group: Physics and Astronomy Special Events and Invited Talks

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Abstract: The James Webb Space Telescope is the most ambitious and complicated telescope ever to be launched into space. To design, build and test a folding telescope more than 20 feet in diameter took a dedicated team of engineers and scientists. With the telescope performing beyond expectations, astronomers are rejoicing in the data that are overturning some of our previous thinking about distant galaxies and other objects. A brief history of the telescope's development will be presented as well as some of the most exciting results so far.


Marcia J. Rieke

Principal investigator for the near-infrared camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope, Regents' Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, Elizabeth Roemer Chair in the Steward Observatory


This is lecture 3 of 3 in the 2024 Heilborn Lecture Series. Please visit our website for more information.


Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Heilborn

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