What will the biggest space telescope of all time be able to tell us about our nearest neighbours in space?
Join Dr Leigh Fletcher, a planetary scientist from the University of Leicester, as he reveals the incredible potential of the James Webb Space Telescope for exploring the diverse environments across our Solar System. Webb will explore worlds both near and far, using its unprecedented infrared capabilities to open the door to new discoveries - from the distant, cold Ice Giants and Kuiper Belt, to the potentially-habitable satellites of the Gas Giants, to the swirling storms of Jupiter and Saturn. Dr Fletcher will discuss the challenges of observing big, bright, rotating planets with a space telescope, explore connections to ongoing spacecraft missions, and reveal the exciting prospects for a new era of planet exploration.
This online event is suitable for ages 12+. It will be broadcast live from Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Life Science Centre, in front of Gaia, a magnificent recreation of planet Earth.
Dr. Leigh Fletcher is an Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences at the University of Leicester, specialising in the exploration of our Solar System’s giant planets via robotic spacecraft, space telescopes, and ground-based observatories. He earned a Natural Science degree from Cambridge, a PhD in Planetary Physics from Oxford, and has since worked as a NASA fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a Research Fellow at Oxford. He has been involved in the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Juno and JUICE missions to Jupiter, and the James Webb Space Telescope, and is a passionate advocate for future exploration of the distant Ice Giants. You can follow his research on Twitter (@LeighFletcher).
To learn more about Webb and the people who have built and will use it, visit jwst.org.uk .