The James Webb Telescope - Space as a Context for Teaching Science - part 1
Nationwide, England (North East), Scotland
10.06.2012 - 12.06.2012
This is a two part course. The first part commences with an evening workshop and dinner on Sunday 10 June at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and finishes at 15:00 on the 12 June. At the Royal Observatory you will meet scientists and engineers and visit the laboratory that is leading the UK’s role in the huge international scientific endeavour that is the James Webb Space Telescope.
The James Webb Space Telescope due to be launched from French Guyana in 2018, is the biggest space astronomy project for a generation. It is an international project involving NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency and one in which the UK has a major role to play. The telescope will look for the first bright objects in the universe and for the chemical signatures of life on distant planets. It is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and, for its potential to inspire students in STEM subjects and careers can also be regarded as a successor to the Apollo missions.
The course includes lectures and practical workshops covering:
- practical astronomy based experiments
- school based spectroscopy
- the James Webb MIRI instrument in detail