Central Iowa Section Meeting – May Meeting

The Webb Telescope: A New Infrared Window On The Universe

This will be a virtual only meeting using the Zoom platform.

Discussion – The James Webb space telescope is the largest, complex and most powerful telescope ever launched into space. Operating in the thermal-infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum, it will push the boundaries of human knowledge by addressing fundamental questions such as the formation of the first stars and galaxies, and the composition of the atmospheres of alien worlds. In this presentation Professor Marengo will talk about the technology behind Webb, its suite of scientific instruments, and the science that this technological marvel will produce.

Speaker –

Professor Massimo Marengo

After 12 years spent at CfA, I moved at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Iowa State University. I am an observational astrophysicist. My my research interests are the study of evolved stars (in particular Cepheids, Giants and Supergiants) and the interactions between their dusty stellar winds and the interstellar medium. I am also interested in the study of young planetary systems, where planets interact with the rocky leftovers of stellar formation. While these studies are based on observations and models aimed to understand these phenomena as they appear at all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, I specialize in Infrared (thermal) astronomy. My observations are obtained from large aperture ground-based telescopes and space observatories like the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Telescope and the Herschel Space Telescope.


Date: Thursday, 19 May, 2022


6:45 to 8:30 Presentation

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Future and Other Meetings:

The June & possible summer Section meetings are to be determined.