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The Early Universe Unveiled by Advances in Space Telescopes

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

06:15 PM - 07:45 PM

Austin Central Library

710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

This event will be held in person.


Event Summary

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), after decades of planning, has finally launched and is fulfilling its destiny of revolutionizing all areas of astronomy. The telescope was built with the primary science goal of observing the “First Light in the Universe”. The early universe is ripe with exciting questions - when did the first galaxies form? What were they like? How did the first super-massive black holes form? Data from JWST is now answering these questions, and providing new puzzles. Our speaker, Steven Finkelstein of the University of Texas, will describe why we are so curious about the early universe, highlight the exciting technological achievements represented by JWST, and highlight some of our early findings. He will conclude by describing the Giant Magellan Telescope, now being constructed in the foothills of the Chilean Andes, which will be one of the largest ground-based telescopes upon completion early in the next decade.


Registration and Attendance Instructions

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Join us at the Austin Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez St. where you will be checked in at the front desk. Parking information can be found here.

In-person attendees, please join us from 5:15 to 6:15 for networking and food. We look forward to chatting with you face-to-face!


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