STScI at the 236th American Astronomical Society Meeting

Mon 1 Jun 2020
Wed 3 Jun 2020

Virtual meeting


The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will be at the Virtual 236th American Astronomical Society Meeting (AAS) meeting with an exhibit booth and several associated events highlighting the missions we support for the science community. There will be technical presentations in instruments, missions, NASA Hyperwall talks, and ample time to confer with Hubble, JWST, Roman (formerly known as WFIRST), MAST, and other experts throughout the meeting in the exhibit booth.

Visit the AAS 236 Virtual Exhibit Hall for links to join the presentations listed below.

Date and Time (EDT) Title, Presenter, and Description Format
June 1, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Finding Planetary Data with Exo.MAST
David Rodriguez, STScI

Are you an extrasolar scientist looking up information on your favorite planets? Learn how Exo.MAST can make your life simpler by providing planet information, quick-look tools, links to external services, and additional results from MAST holdings. 

June 1, 2020 
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
UX Design for Astronomy
Jenn Kotler, STScI

Do you build tools for studying astronomical data? Learn techniques for designing better user interfaces, improving your tool's ease of use, and collecting usability feedback. See examples of these concepts applied in MAST search tools.
June 2, 2020
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Status of the JWST Project and Science Operations
Jonathan Gardner, NASA GSFC, Klaus Pontoppidan, STScI

The JWST project is acutely aware of the widespread disruption to the JWST Observer community caused by the global covid-19 pandemic. In recognition of the deep challenges faced by many of us, it was decided to postpone the Cycle 1 proposal deadline. The discovery space for JWST remains as exciting as ever, and the JWST team continues to work supporting the community. The Cycle 1 Call for Proposals remains open, as do all the proposal planning tools, help desk, etc. In this webinar, representatives from NASA and STScI will provide an update on the status of the JWST project, how we are handling the pandemic, and ongoing work on the observatory and at STScI as we continue to approach launch, commissioning, and science operations.  
June 2, 2020
1:40 - 2:40 p.m.
STScI Town Hall

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) serves the astronomical community through the operation of multiple NASA flagship missions including Hubble, JWST, and Roman (formerly known WFIRST), the development of advanced data and science archives, and the dissemination of astronomical information to the broadest public audiences.
Town Hall
June 2, 2020
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Using z.MAST for Extragalactic Science
Jenn Kotler, STScI, David Rodriguez, STScI

Our new interface, z.MAST, is now available to search for sources among deep extragalactic fields. In this presentation, we'll guide you through the ways you can search these catalogs and explore our SED and image cutout tools.
June 2, 2020
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Who Gets Time on Hubble: the Dual Anonymous TAC Process
Lou Strolger, STScI
NASA Hyperwall Talk
June 2, 2020
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
A MAST Portal Walkthrough
Chinwe Edeani, STScI

Learn the basics on how to use the MAST Portal to search for data across all our missions, including HST, JWST, TESS, Kepler, High-Level Science Products, and much more!
June 3, 2020
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Using MAST Tools To Avoid Duplicating JWST Approved Observations
Richard Shaw, STScI

The Cycle 1 call for JWST proposals remains open, so there is still time to prepare compelling science programs for this awesome new telescope. Potential observers probably already know that repeating observations of approved targets in GTO and ERS programs is not permitted. But how do you find out which targets have already been approved, and which instruments and observing configurations will be used? This webinar will describe MAST archive tools that will help you discover whether the observations you have in mind potentially duplicate one of the nearly 13,500 JWST approved observations.
June 3, 2020
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
What's Next for Hubble
Rachel Osten, STScI
NASA Hyperwall Talk