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Astronomy Program: Astronomy’s Greatest Eye on the Sky—The James Webb Space Telescope

February 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Laurence Marschall, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Gettysburg College, returns to The Institute annually to discuss a topic of astronomical interest. Dr. Marschall has provided fun, educational and entertaining astronomy programs for us for many, many years!

With Dr. Marcshall having relocated out of the area, we are delighted to offer his program virtually.
The program is free and offered via Zoom. 

Astronomy’s Greatest Eye on the Sky—The James Webb Space Telescope

A quarter of a century in the making, and launched in December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope as a premiere instrument for astronomical research. JWST not only affords us a view of the universe that is almost three times sharper and 10 times deeper than ever before, but it is an engineering marvel.

Marschall will discuss its remarkable design and dramatic deployment, and comment on the significance of some of the remarkable images it has returned in its first few months of operation.

A professor of astronomy and physics for many years, Marschall was a visiting research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and at Yale University Observatory. He wrote The Supernova Story, published by Princeton University Press. Marschall has a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D in astronomy and astrophysics from University of Chicago.

To register for this free online program, send an email to [email protected]. You will receive the Zoom meeting link once it has been created.

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and SEK CPAs & Advisors.

Additional support provided by The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; Alma W. Oyer; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. 


February 16, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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