Course Description

ONLINE: What is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and why was it created? How will it revolutionize our view of the cosmos? How was one picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) instrumental in the creation and design of the JWST? Here, we explore the history and personalities involved in the creation of this critical HST image, the questions it raised and how that influenced the design of the JWST. To put this image in context, we start with a history of cosmology from ancient times, Greek times and the Renaissance to modern times, when burning cosmic questions prompted the creation of first the HST and now the JWST. We then talk about the science of the JWST, and the unprecedented engineering challenges of the telescope. At the end of the course, students will have an overview of cosmology, the histories of the HST and the JWST, the science that both have done and will do and, finally, proof that the JWST is, in fact, more than worth the 25 years and $10 billion that it cost. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
James Webb Space Telescope: Cosmic Revolution
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Prerequisite: The course is designed for all levels of students, both scientists and nonscientists.