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JULY 11, 2019

JWST Observer Events at the 51st Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences

The 51st annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland in September, jointly with the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC). It will take place a few months before the re-release of the JWST Cycle 1 call for General Observer (GO) proposals in January 2020, with the deadline of May 1, 2020. Our goal is to support the solar system observer community in preparing and submitting a robust set of observing proposals so that we can all benefit from the capabilities of JWST.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an infrared-optimized telescope, which will be placed at the Earth-Sun Lagrange 2 point. These capabilities will open up a range of opportunities for observing solar system objects at and beyond Mars. It is scheduled for launch in March 2021, and will have a robust suite of astronomical instrumentation (imaging and spectroscopy) operating from 0.6-28.5 microns.

The meeting will include a variety of events designed to prepare the astronomical community for JWST science.

Note: The deadline for late poster abstracts and early registration is July 31, 2019.

JWST Solar System Observers Town Hall

At this town hall, we will provide:

  • A brief overview of JWST instrumentation
  • A status report on observatory integration and preparations at the science operations center (Space Telescope Science Institute)
  • An overview of the currently planned Guaranteed Time Observer proposals
  • A summary of observation planning tools
  • An overview of user documentation

JWST Proposal Preparation Workshop for Solar System Observers

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will revolutionize our understanding of the Universe with unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution at infrared wavelengths. There are a variety of tools that the user community will use to prepare their observing requests and proposals. This workshop will:

  • Describe how to use the JWST proposal and planning tools required for JWST proposal submission, including the Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) and the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC)
  • Provide participants with demos and hands-on sessions exploring the tools for different observing modes and instruments, as well as using these tools to plan observations for selected science cases
  • Include time for final questions and feedback

JWST at the STScI Exhibitor Booth

We will also have many resources at our Exhibitor booth to step you through planning observations with JWST. Featured at the booth:

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

In addition, expert staff members will be on hand 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.

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.