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Astrophysics Colloquium

The High Definition Space Telescope
Presented by Julianne Dalcanton[1], Marc Postman[2], David Schiminovich[3], Jason Tumlinson[2]
[1] University of Washington;
[2] Space Telescope Science Institute;
[3] Columbia University

Thursday, September 10, 2015
11:00 A.M. in 180-101

Abstract
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy sponsored a study of space-based options for ultraviolet (UV) and optical astronomy in the era following the James Webb Space Telescope's mission (planned for launch in 2018). AURA brought together a team of research scientists, astronomers, and technologists to assess a future space observatory that can significantly advance our understanding of the origin and evolution of the cosmos and whether extraterrestrial life is an integral part of cosmic history. The study was released on 6 July 2015, and describes the scientific and technological case for building a "super-Hubble" space telescope that would view the universe with five times greater sharpness than Hubble can achieve, and as much as 100 times more sensitivity than Hubble to extraordinarily faint starlight. Four of the HDST team will describe this scientific and technological case in this colloquium. They will be at JPL both September 9 and 10, and additional opportunities for interaction and discussion will be scheduled as well.

JPL Contact: Charles Lawrence (4-5307)


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