Science Meetings

JWST at the 51st Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting (Joint with EPSC)

Sun 15 Sep 2019
Fri 20 Sep 2019

Geneva, Switzerland (Centre International de Conférences de Genéve)


The Joint EPSC-DPS Meeting covers a broad area of science topics related to planetary science and planetary missions. It will take place a few months before the anticipated release for the JWST Cycle 1 Call for Proposals and include a proposal workshop, a JWST Town Hall, and oral and poster sessions.  

Preparing Cycle 1 Solar System Science Observations with JWST Workshop

Date: Sunday, 15 September
Time: 15:30-18:30
Place: Ceres Room (room 14)

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will have unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution, and will be the next premier space-based facility for near- and mid-infrared astronomy (0.6-28.5 micron). The 6.5-meter telescope will be equipped with four state-of-the-art instruments which include imaging, spectroscopy, and coronagraphy capabilities. These instruments, along with the telescope’s moving target capabilities, will enable remarkable infrared studies of Solar System objects. JWST is scheduled for launch in March 2021 and is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

The first call for General Observer (GO) proposals will be released in January 2020, with a submission deadline on 1 May 2020. This will be the last proposal workshop prior to Cycle 1 offered at the annual DPS and EPSC meetings, so we encourage all future observers to participate.

In this workshop, we will

  • Present a brief status update on the observatory as well as commissioning plans relevant to Solar System observations
  • Review the timeline for proposals 
  • Provide details about the Guaranteed Time Observer (GTO) and Early Release Science (ERS) programs for Solar System science 

We will also give a detailed orientation to the proposal planning system, including demonstrations of the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT) and the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) relevant for Solar System proposals.

Time Topic Speaker
15:30-15:50 Overview Stefanie Milam
15:50-16:50 ETC + Plandeia Bryan Holler
16:50-17:00 MTVT Bryan Holler
17:00-17:10 Break
17:10-18:10 APT Weston Eck and Blair Porterfield
18:10-18:30 Q&A and Discussion


JWST Solar System Observers Town Hall

Date: Thursday, September 19
Time: 12:15-13:15
Place: Ceres Room (room 14)

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an infrared-optimized telescope to be placed at the Earth-Sun Lagrange 2 point. It is scheduled for launch in 2021, and will have a robust suite of astronomical instrumentation (imaging and spectroscopy) operating from 0.6-28.5 microns. The first call for General Observer (GO) proposals will be released in January 2020 with a deadline of 1 May 2020. At this Town Hall, we will provide the community with an overview of the observatory, instrumentation, and specific details for solar system observations. Additionally, we will provide a timeline with upcoming deadlines, proposal workshops, updates on scattered light and brightness limits, and where to find more information and how to use the observatory tools/documentation. Our goal is to fully engage the Solar System community to provide them with the tools they need to begin planning their observations with JWST.

JWST at the STScI Exhibitor Booth

Monday, 16 September to Thursday, 19 September 2019: daily from 09:00 to 18:00
Friday, 20 September 2019: 09:00–13:00

We have many resources in the booth to step you through planning observations  with JWST. In addition, expert staff members will be around to provide individual assistance on a variety of topics from JWST instrument capabilities to proposal and planning tools (e.g., APT and ETC) to pipeline products and data analysis tools. Featured at the booth:

  • JWST Pocket Guide
  • JWST Observatory and Instrument flyers
  • Astronomer's Proposal Tool demos
  • Exposure Time Calculator demos

JWST at the 51st Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting (Joint with EPSC) Materials

September 15, 2019 - September 20, 2019

For technical assistance, please contact the JWST Help Desk.

The NASA James Webb Space Telescope, developed in partnership with ESA and CSA, is operated by AURA’s Space Telescope Science Institute.