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STScI Newsletter
2023 / Volume 40 / Issue 01

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A. Jenkins (Jenkins[at]

Members of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will participate in the 242st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Albuquerque at the Albuquerque Convention Center June 4 – 8.

Throughout the week, there will be technical presentations in instrument sessions, a wide variety of science presentations, workshops, town halls, press releases, and press conferences. An exhibit booth and several associated events will highlight the missions we support on behalf the science community. Please visit the booth to explore other STScI activities.

The STScI Town Hall will report on the status of our existing and upcoming missions and describe new opportunities designed to advance astrophysics through the 2020s. Ample time will be available to confer with experts from Webb, Hubble, Roman, MAST, and NASA’s Universe of Learning.

Workshops, Events, and Sessions
Title and Description Date and Time (MDT) Location

JWST Proposal Planning Workshop

An overview of the JWST proposal and planning tools with a specific focus on the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) and the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT). Guided demonstrations, hands-on sessions and exercises to plan observations for selected science cases and observing modes.

Sunday, June 4

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Meeting Room 230

JWST Town Hall

We will review submission and selection statistics from Cycle 2, discuss the first trending metrics from a year of science operations, provide an overview of the JWST news process, and look forward to the upcoming Cycle 3 call for proposals. There will be ample time for questions.

Monday, June 5

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Ballroom A

NASA's Universe of Learning: Best Practices in Connecting Learners to NASA Astrophysics Subject Matter Experts

The NASA's Universe of Learning (NASA’s UoL) project creates and delivers science-driven, audience-driven resources and experiences designed to engage learners of all ages and backgrounds in exploring the universe for themselves. We will discuss how NASA’s UoL approaches our objective of increasing subject matter expert (SME) participation in STEM learning, as well as share data on how SMEs want to be engaged and best practices that we have developed.

Tuesday, June 6

2:30 – 2:40 pm

Meeting Rooms 18/30

2023 Summer NASA’s Astrophoto Challenge: Inviting Learners to Create Their Own Multiwavelength Image of the Phantom Galaxy

An innovative opportunity for public participation in authentic astronomical imaging. This summer’s challenge is the Phantom Galaxy (M74), with multiple datasets from Webb, Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, and XMM-Newton. Participants can also acquire their own FITS image data of M74 using the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network. Included are video briefings from astrophysicists on the science of M74, and instructions for how to visualize multi-wavelength data with a version of the JS9 image analysis software adapted for novice learners.

Tuesday, June 6

2:40 – 2:50 pm

Meeting Rooms 18/30

STScI Town Hall

We will report on the status of our existing and upcoming missions and describe new opportunities designed to advance astrophysics through the 2020s. The presenters will include STScI science leads and community representatives. We will highlight key initiatives associated with our major missions. We will include time for discussion to receive community input regarding new capabilities and to answer questions about our activities in the coming year.

Wednesday, June 7

12:45 – 1:45 pm

Room 230


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