2016 Whitford Lecture by Ken Sembach

Oct 26, 2016

Ken Sembach, Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute that operates the Hubble Space Telescope will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison to give the 2016 Whitford Lecture on Thursday November 3rd. He will give a presentation about the next major telescopic space mission, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a giant step forward in the power of space telescopes. JWST will fly in a special orbit around the Sun that shields it from ratiation from Earth and will unfold its big mirror once in orbit. A giant shield will also unfold to block the Sun's light from interfering with the telescope. He will also discuss NASA's plan to launch the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope WFIRST, and their relation to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Ken has been deeply involved in the scientific, operational and management of the HST for 15 years.  He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992. Before joining the STSCI in 1995 he was a NASA Hubble Fellow at MIT and the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer Deputy Project Scientist for Large Science Programs at the Johns Hopkins University.  Ken’s research has focused on ultraviolet spectroscopic studies of the physical properties of the circumgalactic and intergalactic media, the interactions between galaxies and the evolution of the chemical elements over cosmic time.

Join us in 4421 Sterling Hall on 11/03 at 3:45PM to hear about the future of space astronomy.

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