Program Details

New Discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope:  Two Years After Launch - Boca Raton

Ata Sarajedini
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Picking up where he left off, Dr. Sarajedini brings OLLI patrons the latest exciting travels of the James Webb Space Telescope! The Space Telescope was launched on Christmas day, 2021, with the primary science goals of uncovering the early universe, studying galaxies over time, understanding the lifecycles of stars, and discovering other worlds. This presentation will describe the discoveries from the Webb Telescope through beautifully vivid photos during its first two years and give a preview of upcoming observations and breakthroughs that the telescope will likely make. "I felt the speaker's passion for his subject was quite evident and helped to enhance the quality of his presentation." - OLLI Patron

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.