The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is due for launch in October of next year on an Ariane V rocket. With much more light gathering power than Hubble, and the ability to operate well into the infrared, it will explore such topics as the re-ionization of the Universe, the formation of galaxies at very high redshifts, the birth of stars and planets, and exoplanet atmospheres.
IAA President Paul Evans gives out the Club News and gives us a trip around the highlights of the Autumn Sky
Our speaker at this meeting is Dr Sophie Murray, currently a Research Fellow at TCD where she works on Space Weather projects within the Astrophysics Research Group. She has previously worked with the Met Office on Solar Physics and Thermospheric Modelling projects.
Dr Murray has over ten years experience as a research scientist, analysing and visualising large volumes of satellite data, and developing and verifying modelling techniques. Her current research interests range from solar flares and active regions to the impact of space weather on the Earth's upper atmosphere.
For those of you who couldn't make it, here's the Introductory part of Wednesday's Season Opening meeting including highlights of the Summer, an outline of the first half of the coming season, a look at the Night Sky, and the presentation of the Aidan P Fitzgerald Medal to speaker Professor Mark Bailey!