The Hubble Space Telescope: Opening Cosmic Doors for JWST

May 23, 2018 | 8:00pm
Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required

This lecture will be webcast on Air and Space Live

7:30 pm           Meet the lecturer
8:00 pm           Lecture begins
9:00 pm           Stargazing in the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, weather permitting

The Hubble Space Telescope is opening new frontiers of astronomical discovery, even 28 years after its launch, thanks to its suite of cameras and spectrographs, five astronaut servicing missions, and innovative uses by scientists around the world. In this lecture, Jennifer Wiseman, Hubble Space Telescope senior project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will highlight Hubble’s newest incredible observations of stars, distant galaxies, and even planets outside our solar system. She will also discuss how Hubble is being used for clever investigations of mysterious dark matter, dark energy, and black holes.

With the imminent launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Hubble mission is now placing special emphasis on observations that will set the stage for the most effective uses of JWST.  Wiseman will reveal how Hubble’s surveys and analyses of galaxies, star clusters, and exoplanet atmospheres are providing a framework for incredible scientific discoveries when JWST joins Hubble as complementary super-eyes on the sky. 

This lecture is free but tickets are required. Please reserve your tickets using the form below. 


About the Exploring Space Lecture Series

Meet Hubble's Successor: The James Webb Space Telescope
When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches in 2019, it will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang to the formation of galaxies, stars, and planetary systems capable of supporting life. This year’s Exploring Space lectures explore the final preparations of launching and commissioning the JWST and capture the excitement among leading participants eagerly anticipating "first light." Each speaker will lend their personal insight and perspective to help us appreciate the significance of the JWST in its fullest scientific, technical, and historical context. Get tickets to all the Exploring Space lectures. 

The Exploring Space Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.