RASC Edmonton Centre Response to COVID-19

In light of the current situation with COVID-19, all IN-PERSON RASC Edmonton Centre events and programs are suspended until further notice. These include: Regular Meetings, Astro Cafés, Telescope Loaner Program, RASC Observatory at TWOSE, dark site observing, and outreach events.

However, we ARE hosting VIRTUAL events via Zoom. Check for announcements on:

RASC Regular Meeting, September 13, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope – Astronomy’s Next Eye on the Universe

RASC Regular Meeting, Monday September 13, 2021

7:00 PM MDT, Meet and Greet

7:30 PM MDT, Meeting begins, including guest talk, News from Space, AstroImaging Corner, and other RASC features.

FREE and open to the public.

Zoom link for this meeting will be posted soon!

Guest Speaker:

Mark Waldman

The James Webb Space Telescope – Astronomy’s Next Eye on the Universe

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.  JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.

This talk will provide an overview of the science (what will the Webb be looking for), the telescope operation, the 2017 cryo-vac optical test, and plans for post-launch commissioning.

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