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JWST Observer Events at the 231st Meeting of the AAS

News Feature October 27, 2017

Image promoting AAS 231st meeting in Washington, DC on 8-12, January 2018.

The 231st American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in National Harbor, MD will include a variety of events designed to update and prepare the astronomical community for JWST science. Remember, regular registration ends November 2.

JWST Proposal Planning Workshop
January 7, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: $50

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is set to launch in the spring of 2019, will revolutionize our understanding of the Universe with unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution at infrared wavelengths. There are a variety of tools that the user community will use to prepare their observing requests and proposals. This workshop will describe how to use the JWST proposal and planning tools, with demos and hands-on sessions exploring the tools for different observing modes and instruments. The workshop will cover all the tools required for JWST proposal submission, including the JWST Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) and the JWST Exposure Time Calculator (ETC). Participants will perform hands-on exercises using these tools to plan observations for selected science cases. At the end of the workshop there will be time for final questions and feedback.

JWST Town  Hall 
January 9, 6:30-8.30 p.m.

The JWST Town Hall will be your one-stop-shop for learning about the status of the mission, the tools needed to use it, and upcoming milestones. We will update the community on the status of the telescope, selected science programs, and the planning tools needed to prepare JWST General Observer proposals. There will be ample time for questions.

Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.

JWST at the STScI Exhibitor Booth
January 8-11, during regular booth hours

We have many resources in the booth to step you through planning observations  with JWST. In addition, we  now offer one-on-one appointments with expert staff members to provide individual assistance on a variety of topics from JWST instrument capabilities to proposal and planning tools (e.g., APT and ETC) to pipeline products and data analysis tools. Featured at the booth this year:

  • Ask-an-Expert 
  • JWST Observatory and Instrument flyers
  • Astronomer's Proposal Tool demos
  • Exposure Time Calculator demos