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BBC Sky at Night Magazine JWST Masterclass Series

JWST Masterclass Series

Over three online talks running monthly from March to May 2023, we’ll take audiences on a detailed look at the greatest space telescope humanity has ever launched, the JWST, and how it is expanding our view of the Universe like nothing else before.

Expert speakers will give insights into three key areas – just how those stunning images it takes are created; how the telescope was built and launched, and how it’s operated; and the ground-breaking new scientific discoveries that are coming from its observations, across many branches of astronomy, now that we are nearly one year into this exciting new era of astronomy.

In the second part of each of the Masterclasses there is a Q&A with the Masterclass speaker.

All registrants will have access to the Masterclass recording once the event has ended and will be able to watch this recording for a maximum of 10 times.

Tickets: £36 for all three Masterclasses in the Observing Series or pay £15 per individual Masterclass event.

Scroll down to book tickets to individual talks, or save £9 when you book the series today.

Masterclass 1

JWST: the Pictures

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  • Date: Thursday 30 March, 7pm BST
  • Speaker: Joe DePasquale, Lead Image Processor, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA

Join us as we discover how some of JWST’s most captivating images to date are created out of black-and-white data from space, and translated into the visible spectrum from instruments that detect infrared light.

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Masterclass 2

JWST: the Telescope

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  • Date: Thursday 4 May, 7pm BST
  • Speaker: Dr Olivia Jones, STFC Webb Fellow and Astrophysicist, JWST MIRI Instrument Team

We look at how this $10bn space telescope was constructed and successfully made a 1.5-million-kilometre journey through space, as well as the UK’s key involvement in building JWST’s MIRI instrument.

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Masterclass 3

JWST: the Science

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  • Date: Thursday 25 May, 7pm BST
  • Speaker: Dr Henrik Melin, STFC Webb Fellow and Planetary Scientist, University of Leicester

Delve into the major discoveries made in JWST’s first year of observations, across the early Universe, galaxies, stars and exoplanets, and where its breakthroughs could lead us in our quest to understand the Universe.

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