The James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2019, is the long-anticipated successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Optimized for near-infrared observations, with a dazzling array of instrumentation, JWST will make fundamental new discoveries about the very early Universe, the assembly of galaxies, the birth of stars and planets, and the origins of life. Through the involvement of the Canadian Space Agency, Canadian astronomers have access to 5% of time for PI-driven projects on this extraordinary facility. With a lifetime requirement of 5 years (and a goal of 10 years), and a limited proprietary time of 12 months, there will be a lot of pressure to exploit these data shortly after they are obtained. Balogh, McNamara and Hudson are expected to be heavy users of the JWST.
Last updated: April 30, 2019