The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST): A New Era for Astrophysics

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
October 04, 2022 (Zoom) Belmont Media Center, Belmont, MA

Silas Laycock, Ph.D. Professor of Astronomy, UMass-Lowell.

The JWST, launched far from Earth in December 2021, is the most sophisticated telescope ever created. Scientists are still amazed that such a complex project –25 years in the making-- succeeded. Astronomer Silas Laycock describes the technical achievement and the incredible images the telescope has produced so far. The JWST reveals features of the early universe, the birth and death of galaxies, planets that may support life, and much more.

James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer explains the stunning, newly released first images