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ENRICH-0735 – Nat/Sci In-Person: Space Telescopes (ENRICH-0735_TELE)

The Hubble, James Webb and Roman Space Telescopes: How NASA's Technological Marvels Are Revolutionizing Modern Astronomy

A century ago, astronomers still debated whether the Milky Way was the only galaxy in the entire universe; today we know that the universe teems with billions of galaxies like our Milky Way and are on the verge of witnessing the very first galaxies turning on. Ponder that incredible leap in understanding for a moment while reflecting on how telescopes have radically altered our perceptions of the scale of our universe. While ground-based telescopes dominated the last century, telescopes in space are now the driving force behind many new discoveries.

Join astronomer Gregory Wirth as we explore three NASA observatories peering into the darkest recesses of our cosmos to revolutionize modern astronomy: the venerable Hubble, the new James Webb and the coming Roman Space Telescope. In session one, we’ll examine astronomical fundamentals and learn how Galileo started a telescopic metamorphosis that led to our current generation of giant telescopes on earth, why we need telescopes in space, and how Hubble recovered from a disastrous start to eventually make Nobel-prize-winning discoveries. In session two, we’ll explore the technology behind the recently-launched James Webb Space Telescope, what its early images are revealing and what future advances await. We’ll conclude with a look at the coming era of “big data” astrophysics with the Roman Space Telescope and future missions that build on the American heritage of “Great Observatories” in space.

Two in-person sessions
Tue., Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 2023, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Dr. Gregory Wirth is an astronomer and systems engineer at Ball Aerospace, where he has supported the Roman Space Telescope and served on the team that commissioned the optical system on the James Webb Space Telescope.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 17Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $85


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday28th February 20237th March 202306:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallGregory Wirth