Jane Rigby, astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will give a public lecture about the James Webb Space Telescope at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at New Mexico State University at Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 194. Rigby serves as the deputy project scientist for operations for the James Webb Space Telescope, which is expected to launch in spring 2019.
The telescope will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. As the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, Rigby says JWST will rewrite the textbooks and return gorgeous images and spectra of our universe. In her talk, she will show how JWST will revolutionize our understanding of how galaxies and supermassive black holes formed in the first billion years after the Big Bang, and how they evolved over cosmic time. She’ll describe how our international team is preparing for launch, how we will decide what targets to observe, and how we are testing the telescope to be sure it will work in space.
Rigby also will present a colloquium for the astronomy department in the College of Arts and Sciences at 3:15 p.m Friday, Nov. 10, in the Biology Annex, Room 102. For her detailed biography visit https://jwst.nasa.gov/meet-rigby.html.