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First Images: James Webb Space Telescope’s New View of the Cosmos

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Scientists have waited a generation to see the stunning images that the James Webb Telescope is now delivering. In a live online Q+A, Brian Greene speaks with Nobel Prize-winner John Mather and other key project scientists about the telescope’s first full color images, looking back in time farther than ever before and providing unprecedented observations of the birth of stars and the formation of galaxies. Join us to see these captivating first images and learn how our understanding of astronomy could be changed forever.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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John MatherAstrophysicist, NASA
Nobel Laureate

Nobel Laureate John Mather’s research in cosmology as part of the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) team has been recognized as some of the most important work of the 20th century.

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Marcia RiekeAstrophysicist

Marcia J. Rieke is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, and is the principal investigator for the near-infrared camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope. Rieke …

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George RiekeAstrophysicist

George Rieke is Regents Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and serves as the science team lead for the James Webb Space Telescope’s Mid-Infrared …

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René DoyonAstrophysicist

Rene Doyon is the Principal Investigator of NIRISS, Canada’s contribution to James Webb Space Telescope’s instrumentation. He is Director of the Institute for Research on Exoplanets in Canada, and is …

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Pierre FerruitAstrophysicist

Pierre Ferruit is the European Space Agency’s project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, where he has been overseeing the development and implementation of NIRSpec, one of four scientific …

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