SMCAS Speaker Meeting
Join the San Mateo County Astronomical Society (SMCAS) for our monthly meeting and presentation.
Dr. Thomas Greene
Astrophysicist, NASA/Ames Research Center
The unprecedented sensitivity and resolution of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will significantly advance a broad variety of astrophysics soon after it is launched in 2018. Its large (6.5-m diameter) primary mirror and infrared instruments will allow it to see some of the very first luminous objects that formed in the Universe after the Big Bang.
Other major science themes of JWST encompass studying the assembly of galaxies, the birth of stars and planetary systems, and planetary systems and the origins of life. Â JWST will be the premier astrophysics space observatory for NASA and ESA over its 5 - 10 year mission lifetime, supplanting the Hubble Space Telescope (which primarily works at visible and ultraviolet light wavelengths). Â In addition to the topics covered in this talk, many scientists will use JWST to make discoveries that we have not yet imagined.
About the Speaker
Tom Greene is an astrophysicist at Ames Research Center where he has been working on NASA astrophysics observatories and conducting observations of young stars and extrasolar planets for the past 15 years. He received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 1991 and then came to Ames as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. Â Dr. Greene then joined the research faculty of the University of Hawaii and the staff of NASA's Infrared telescope facility.
Before rejoining Ames, he worked on developing JWST and Spitzer Space Telescope science instruments at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto. Â Â Dr. Greene has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers, including 60 peer reviewed ones. Â He is on the science teams of 2 JWST instruments, chairs quarterly meetings of Bay Area exoplanet scientists, and sometimes dabbles in amateur astronomy as well.
San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
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