JWST’s images have captivated us since they first went public last summer, their colours and unprecedented detail have set a new standard for images from space. Yet how are such instant classics created by a telescope that doesn’t detect visible light?

We will tour some of JWST’s most stunning images to date, such as the Carina Nebula and the Pillars of Creation, to find out how black-and-white infrared data from space is converted into the visible spectrum, and we’ll hear how that’s achieved while staying true to the scientific perspective.

In the second part of the Masterclass there is a Q&A with Joe DePasquale and Editor Chris Bramley.

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.
Thu, 30/03/2023 · 7:00 PM London (GMT +1:00)
  • What raw JWST images from space look like
  • How the telescope’s amazing press images are processed
  • The steps that ensure JWST’s beautiful images are scientifically accurate
  • Revealing new insights into physical processes with image processing
  • How JWST images are different to other space telescope imagery, such as Hubble or Spitzer
  • Live Q&A with Joe DePasquale and Chris Bramley
Joe DePasquale
Joe DePasquale is the Lead Image Processor at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA, the home of science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope. He has used his background in both art and science to prepare press-quality images for many of NASA’s biggest missions, such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
Chris Bramley
Chris Bramley is the Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. A journalist by training, he has been covering space and astronomy since 2005 and has headed up the magazine's editorial team since 2011.
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