May General Meeting

JamiePublished June 9, 2021 by Jamie

Join us on Friday, June 25th for our monthly meeting.  The novice talk will be presented by Rob Brayton at 6:30pm.  Our main talk will be a presentation on the James Webb Telescope by Dr. Kelly Lepo starting at 7:30pm.  The link will be posted here shortly before the meeting.


What to expect from the James Webb Space Telescope

 The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s next flagship space observatory, which will launch in late Fall 2021. In this presentation, Dr. Lepo will discuss the science and challenges of infrared astronomy, as well as the big questions that the Webb telescope will help to answer: What were the first galaxies like? How do galaxies change over time? How do stars and planets form in those galaxies? What are the atmospheres of planets around other stars made of? She will also discuss what to expect in the 6-months after launch, as controllers carefully unfold and prepare the telescope to take its first science images.



Dr. Kelly Lepo is an Education and Outreach Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she primarily works to support outreach efforts for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. She received a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Toronto. During her time in Canada, she made numerous local and national media appearances to talk about everything from the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse to the Super Blue Blood Moon. She has also served as the Coordinator of the McGill Space Institute, taught physics at Gonzaga University, and helped build the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.