Recap of JWST Observer Events at the 233rd Meeting of the AAS
The 233rd American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting took place in Seattle, WA from January 6-10, 2019. Due to the partial federal government shutdown, many colleagues were unable to attend, and events had to be cancelled or rescheduled.
The JWST Town Hall was cancelled. Some brief updates were given at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Town Hall, including the tests completed to date and the latest science timeline.
Meanwhile, the STScI booth made many resources available to step users through planning observations with JWST. Our expert staff members were joined by Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science (DD-ERS) teams members, GTO observers, and JSTUC representatives 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 this year:
- JWST 2019 Pocket Guide and other information
- JWST science timeline
- Astronomer's Proposal Tool demos
- Exposure Time Calculator demos
- WebbVR Virtual Reality experience
At the NASA booth in the exhibit hall, a JWST table featured JWST key facts cards in multiple languages. The NASA Hyperwall schedule included presentations from many DD-ERS team members to keep the community up-to-date on the latest science planned for JWST.
Finally, the DD-ERS team representatives met in person for the first time to discuss collaborative software tools and the development of simulated data products.