What has the James Webb Space Telescope discovered in its first year? – with Naomi Rowe-Gurney

Discover some of the exciting discoveries in our Solar System, made by the JWST in its first year of operation.


Discover some of the exciting discoveries in our Solar System, made by the JWST in its first year of operation.

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Embark on a journey of cosmic exploration with NASA scientist Naomi Rowe-Gurney as she explores the mysteries of our celestial neighbourhood. Discover the secrets of the planets, moons, and small bodies within our solar system.

This talk was recorded at the Ri on 14 July 2023.

00:00 Intro
01:58 What is the JWST and how is it different from other telescopes?
08:00 How does the JWST work?
12:58 What was the JWST built for?
17:56 The first year of the JWST
19:35 The phases of launching the JWST
24:54 What has the JWST discovered in the Solar System?
25:36 Near Earth Objects (NEOs)
26:57 JWST and Hubble working together
28:05 Mars
29:46 Main belt - asteroids and comets
31:43 Jupiter
32:56 Saturn and its moons
36:40 Centaurs - half-comet, half-asteroid
38:21 Uranus
40:47 Neptune
44:07 The Kuiper Belt
45:22 What's next for JWST?
47:40 The Uranus orbiter and probe
48:47 Where to find out more

Naomi is a Planetary Science postdoctoral research associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center employed by University of Maryland College Park (CRESST II) working with the JWST. She obtained her PhD in 2021 from the University of Leicester. Her thesis used archived data from the Spitzer Space Telescope to study the thermal structure and composition of the middle atmospheres of the ice giants, Uranus and Neptune. She used the retrieval algorithm NEMESIS and built a consistent retrieval framework for the ice giant planets ahead of the launch of the JWST. She was a member of the scattered light and moving target commissioning team for JWST and continues to work with data from the telescope. Naomi also leads a Hubble Space Telescope program designed to support ice giant JWST observations. Throughout her PhD and postdoc, Naomi has used her past experience as a teacher to partake in significant public engagement work and has engaged in considerable equality, diversity and inclusion work promoting science to underrepresented groups.

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