While the Sun’s heightening arc heralds the new season, a delicate crescent moon above the setting Sun this evening, and in the coming days, begins a new moon cycle. Find planet Venus below and to the right of the moon. With the aid of binoculars, it might be possible to see Mercury slightly above and to the right of the goddess planet today. Mercury is fast disappearing from the evening sky.
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as it will appear in orbit.
The telescope will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in October of 2018. JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our Solar System. John Mather is the senior project scientist for the Webb Telescope.
Nobel Prize laureate John Mather displays radio maps made by the COBE satellite. The satellite discovered variations in the universe’s background radiation, helping to refine the Big Bang theory.
photo: Roger Ressmeyer
Video introduction from last year’s NEAF. NEAF 2018 is April 21 & 22.
NEAF program lead presenter, John Mather
Stephen Hawking obituary:
Opportunities to Participate
March 24, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. EARTH HOUR
April 21 & 22 – Northeast Astronomy Forum, Suffern, NY
April 19 & 20 – Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference, Suffern, NY