A collection of public outreach presentations that I have given for various audiences.
Introducing the Science and Engineering of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
for the James Webb Space Telescope Launch Community Events
Recorded December, 2021.
The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s next flagship space observatory, and will launch in December 2021. In this presentation, Dr. Kelly Lepo from the Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach discusses the history of Webb, why we want to look at the universe with infrared eyes, and what infrared light is, the exciting science that Webb will enable, and the feats of engineering that went into creating Webb.
What to Expect from the James Webb Space Telescope
for the Night Sky Network
Presented March 23, 2021.
The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s next flagship space observatory, which will launch in October 2021. In this presentation, Dr. Lepo will discuss the science and challenges of infrared astronomy, as well as the big questions that the Webb telescope will help to answer: What were the first galaxies like? How do galaxies change over time? How do stars and planets form in those galaxies? What are the atmospheres of planets around other stars made of?
She will also discuss what to expect in the 6-months after launch, as controllers carefully unfold and prepare the telescope to take its first science images. You will also learn how you can host your own event celebrating the Webb launch, deployment or first images.
Astro at Home: The Greenhouse Effect
Astro at Home: The Changing Seasons
AstroMcGill Public Astro Night: Comets, From Harbingers of Doom to the Scientific Revolution