Exploring Cosmic Dawn with the James Webb Space Telescope

General interest seminar

Exploring Cosmic Dawn with the James Webb Space Telescope

  • Event time: 5:00pm until 6:00pm
  • Event date: 15th November 2021
  • Speaker: (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)

Event details

Exploring Cosmic Dawn with the James Webb Space Telescope

This seminar will be given by Prof Jim Dunlop the Head of School and Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy.

He will review the huge progress (made with both ground-based and space-based observatories) over the last ~2 decades in advancing our understanding of early galaxy formation. He will then discuss the revolutionary power of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to transform our understanding of "cosmic dawn" - the creation of the first stars and galaxies in the wake of the Big Bang. The launch date for JWST is now set for 18th December 2021, with science operations due to commence in summer 2022. As Principal Investigator of the largest "Galaxies" JWST program scheduled for observing in JWST Cycle 1, Prof Dunlop will conclude with a focus on what this transformative new infrared imaging survey should/could reveal about the early evolution of our Universe.

Accessing this event

This event will be live, live-streamed and recorded.

  • Attending the event in person:

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