In 2021, humanity successfully initiated the most ambitious, complicated and expensive telescope ever conceived, and began a new era of discovery unlike any before it. The James Webb Space Telescope (or JWST) has begun returning images to us that stretch the limits of our very understanding — so what exactly has this incredible scientific instrument really begun showing us? And how is it fundamentally different from earlier space telescope missions? Join NASA Solar System Ambassador M.J. Johnson as he retraces what it took scientists to get to this point, provides context for just what we’re learning as the JWST looks toward the very beginning of our universe, and pulls the veil back on events in our cosmos to which we’ve never before had access.
After the talk, members of the South Shore Astronomical Society will be available at Lawson Tower to help navigate the starry night (weather permitting) to share views of the heavens through their telescopes!
This non-technical talk is appropriate for all ages, and will be followed by a nighttime stargazing event. Tickets available HERE or at the Schoolhouse on Cudworth Road and at the door.