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NOVEMBER 25, 2019

JWST Observer Events at the 235th Meeting of the AAS

The 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) takes place a few weeks before the release of the JWST Cycle 1 Call for Proposals on January 23. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will host a variety of events at AAS 235 to prepare the astronomical community for science with JWST, with a focus on proposal planning.

JWST Proposal Preparation Workshop
Friday, January 3, 2020 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Prior to the official start of the meeting, we will offer a JWST Proposal Preparation Workshop, focused on the basic use of the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) and the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT). The registration fee of $30 includes lunch. We will have:

  • Guided demonstrations
  • Hands-on sessions
  • Exercises to plan observations for selected science cases and observing modes

JWST Town Hall
Sunday, January 5, 2020 (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. (refreshments, provided courtesy of Northrop Grumman)
7:00 p.m. (presentations begin)

The timing of this AAS meeting provides an excellent opportunity for us to update the community on the Cycle 1 science landscape and the progress toward launch of the observatory. This town hall will provide:

  • Presentations by representatives from the JWST Project on JWST’s status, including updates on testing activities, and JWST’s path toward launch.
  • The latest information regarding JWST proposal planning, observer’s documentation, and the science timeline for JWST Cycle 1.

JWST Open House Sessions
Sunday, January 5; Monday, January 6; and Tuesday, January 7, 2020 (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.)

For more in-depth discussion and to help users begin planning and writing proposals, we will host three topical open house sessions. You can drop in at your convenience and participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations during any or all of these sessions. These sessions supplement the more general full-day JWST workshop that is scheduled for January 3. However, attendance at the workshop is not a prerequisite for participation in the open house. There is no registration fee for these sessions.

  • JWST Proposing Open House Session 1:  Integral Field Unit Observing (Sunday, January 5)
  • JWST Proposing Open House Session 2:  Grism Observing (Monday, January 6)
  • JWST Proposing Open House Session 3:  NIRSpec Micro-Shutter Array (Tuesday, January 7)

JWST at the STScI Exhibitor Booth
January 4-7, during regular booth hours

We will also have many resources at our Exhibitor booth to step you through planning observations with JWST, including:

  • The new JWST Pocket Guide
  • Astronomer's Proposal Tool demos
  • Exposure Time Calculator demos
  • The JWST Virtual Reality experience

For additional information, please refer to the JWST at the 235th AAS Meeting event page. 

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.