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The James Webb Space Telescope: Capabilities, status and scientific timeline

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in October 2018, will be one of the great observatories of the next decade. JWST and its suite of 4 instruments will provide imaging, spectroscopic and coronagraphic capabilities over the 0.6 to 28.5 micron wavelength range and will offer an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution to study targets ranging from our solar system to the most distant galaxies.

In this seminar, I will first give an overview of the capabilities of the mission and present its latest status. I will then give some details on the scientific timeline and the organisation of the first observation cycle that should be of interest for future observers.

This talk is part of the Cavendish Astrophysics Seminars series.

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