Nov 15, 2018 3:45 pm - Nielsen Hall 170 - Colloquium
Bonnie Meinke - STSci
The Wonderful Worlds of Webb: What JWST means for planetary science

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), expected to launch in2021, will be the premier infrared space observatory of the next decade. It promises to observe everything from planets in our solar system to the first galaxies. JWST will soon become the most powerful telescope available to astronomical observers, serving a broad range of high priority science, including the solar system and exoplanet targets. Cycle 1 science plans are beginning to come into focus, but the Cycle 1 Guaranteed-Time Observers (GTO) and Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science (DD ERS) programs have been finalized. I’ll discuss the first planetary science programs planned and how the broader community can get leverage those programs’ experiences and use those data in their own work. 

Beyond the science opportunities, I’ll give an update on JWST’s status that includes updates on testing activities and JWST’s readiness for launch.  I’ll provide the latest information regarding JWST user tools, observer’s documentation, as well as the science timeline for JWST Cycle 1 and beyond.