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JWST Observer Events at the 50th Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences

News Feature August 17, 2018

Image advertising 50th Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting in Knoxville, TN in October 2018.

The 50th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) in Knoxville, TN in October will include a variety of events designed to update and prepare the astronomical community for JWST science. 

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an infrared-optimized telescope to be placed at the Earth-Sun Lagrange 2 point. These capabilities will open up a range of opportunities for observing solar system objects at and beyond Mars. It is scheduled for launch in March 2021, and will have a robust suite of astronomical instrumentation (imaging and spectroscopy) operating from 0.6-28.5 microns. The first call for General Observer (GO) proposals will be released approximately 12 months before launch with a deadline 3 months later.

JWST Townhall: The Observatory, The Status, and The Science
Tuesday, 23 October | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

At this Town Hall, we will provide the community with an overview of the observatory, instrumentation, and specific details for solar system observations.  Additionally, we will provide a summary of the Guaranteed Time Observations in the solar system, timeline with upcoming deadlines, and where to find more information.  Our goal is to fully engage the Solar System community to provide them with the tools they need to begin planning their observations with JWST.

This is a free event, however, registration is required for catering. Remember, regular registration ends August 31.

Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Ball Corporation.

JWST at the STScI Exhibitor Booth
October 21-25, 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:

  • Individual conversations with experts
  • JWST Observatory and Instrument flyers
  • Astronomer's Proposal Tool demos
  • Exposure Time Calculator demos