The JWST is a masterpiece of engineering, a $10 billion machine the size of a tennis court, bristling with precision instruments, folded to fit in a rocket and launched to its final destination 1 million km away in space.

In this talk we’ll take a look at the telescope itself, its key components and its instrument suite, and the cutting-edge materials the telescope is constructed with.

We’ll examine the success of its deployment in space, and we’ll also hear about major role played by the UK in the JWST’s construction and the facility that led it, the UK Astronomy Technology Centre at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

In the second part of the Masterclass there is a Q&A with Dr Olivia Jones 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, 04/05/2023 · 7:00 PM London (GMT +1:00)
  • The JWST’s design and construction
  • The success of its launch and journey to its observing location
  • How the JWST’s science goals fed into the design of its instruments
  • The UK and JWST – making the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
  • How engineering success has led to scientific discoveries
  • Live Q&A with Dr Olivia Jones and Chris Bramley
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.
Olivia Jones
Dr Olivia Jones is an STFC Webb Fellow and astrophysicist on the JWST MIRI Instrument Team, who has worked on its development and construction. With a research interest in cosmic dust production and processing, she now uses MIRI data to further our understanding of the beginnings and ends of a star’s life.
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