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Public Lecture - The James Webb & Cosmology

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How will the James Webb Space Telescope advance our understanding of dark matter and dark energy? Join our lecture to learn about the new insights we will gain into the nature of the Universe from this legendary telescope!
 

This lecture is open to all and recommended for the general public and students above 9th grade.

Location: Bishop Auditorium & YouTube

Title: The James Webb Space Telescope: Shedding light on Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Speaker: Dr. Simon Birrer (KIPAC/Stanford University)

Abstract: With the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), cosmologists now have a power tool in their hands to look deeper into the mysteries of our Universe than ever before. In this lecture, Dr. Birrer will lay out outstanding questions in cosmology and describe how JWST is uniquely positioned to advance our current understanding of dark matter and dark energy. Specifically, he will discuss how JWST will probe dark matter based on its impact on galaxy formation and from the observed gravitational lensing effect caused by this mysterious matter component. Dr. Birrer will also highlight key programs that utilize JWST to measure the Hubble constant, a parameter to characterize the expansion of the Universe. He will close the talk by previewing some early results from JWST, which the scientific community and the general public are eagerly awaiting.

This event will be offered in a hybrid format. Live stream URL can be found at the bottom of the EventBrite registration confirmation email.

For more event information, please visit https://kipac.stanford.edu/discover.

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This lecture will also be livestreamed on YouTube.  Live stream URL can be found at the bottom of the EventBrite registration confirmation email.