Christmas Eve brings something extra special in the form of the James Webb telescope. This telescope is set to launch at 07:20 am EST This telescope is the successor of the Hubble telescope and is designed to go far into our galaxy, helping to answer some of our biggest questions about our universe. “I could not be more thrilled about JWST, it's the first paradigm-shifting telescope of my career,” said Assistant Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, Dr. Erica Nelson. Nelson’s work looks into galaxy formation.
Many JILA Fellows are also looking forward to the launch of the James Webb telescope, as it will help to give them more eyes in the sky for their research. As JILA has a long history with astrophysical science, the launching of this new telescope will add a new page to JILA’s story.