Hear UNM professors Diana Dragomir and Tony Hull describe how the James Webb Space Telescope was built, its novel capabilities, and what it will do once it reaches the observation point in space. Find out more about Webb’s mission at NASA’s webpage: www.jwst.nasa.gov
This planetarium lecture and online stream is free. Museum doors will reopen only for the talk at 5:30 p.m. (the building will be closed from 4 to 5:30 p.m.) The talk will also be streamed on Zoom, but only those who attend in person will be able to ask questions and see the content on the planetarium dome.
Come to the planetarium at 6 p.m. for the free talk!
This will be a more technical talk most appropriate for adults. On Dec. 18, a separate museum event for families will celebrate Webb’s mission with fun activities and informational videos; click here for more information.
Dr. Diana Dragomir is an Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Dragomir's research focuses on the demographics and atmospheres of exoplanets smaller than Neptune. She studies them with NASA's TESS, Spitzer, Hubble, and soon the Webb space telescopes, as well as with a variety of ground-based observatories.
Tony Hull is an Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UNM. He was previously the Webb telescope's Program Manager for Optical Fabrication and Director of Large Optics at L-3 Tinsley. He was also NASA's Technologist for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph, which was an instrument used to directly image worlds around other suns, and JPL's Principal Engineer Observational Systems and leader of Mission Instrument Concurrent Design Laboratory.