Program Details

New Discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope

Ata Sarajedini
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on Christmas day, 2021. The primary science goals of the telescope focus on four broad areas, uncovering the early universe, studying galaxies over time, understanding the lifecycles of stars, and discovering other worlds. This presentation will begin by describing the instrument commissioning and then explore the latest discoveries from the Webb Telescope and give a preview of upcoming observations and breakthroughs that the telescope is likely to make.

About the Instructor

  • Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., is a professor and the Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics at FAU. Before coming to FAU in January of 2017, he served as associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics as well as associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Before that, he was Associate Chair and Acting Chair in the Department of Astronomy. After earning his doctoral degree in astronomy at Yale in 1992, he spent seven years as a postdoctoral researcher and a Hubble Fellow at Kitt Peak National Observatory and San Francisco State University. Sarajedini spent two years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT as an assistant professor before moving to the University of Florida in 2001. His research is focused on resolved stellar populations in Local Group galaxies. These include field stars, open and globular clusters in the Milky Way, M31, M33, the Magellanic Clouds, and the numerous nearby dwarf galaxies.