"From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and on to the James Webb Space Telescope and the discovery of alien life"
Dr. John C. Mather
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
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The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future – John Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the Universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an Earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering their history. Mather was Project Scientist for NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, which measured the spectrum (the color) of the heat radiation from the Big Bang, discovered hot and cold spots in that radiation, and hunted for the first objects that formed after the great explosion. He will explain Einstein’s biggest mistake, show how Edwin Hubble discovered the expansion of the universe, how the COBE mission was built, and how the COBE data support the Big Bang theory. He will also show NASA’s plans for the next great telescope in space, the James Webb Space Telescope. It will look even farther back in time than the Hubble Space Telescope, and will look inside the dusty cocoons where stars and planets are being born today. It is capable of examining Earth-like planets around other stars using the transit technique, and future missions may find signs of life. Currently planned for launch in 2014, the JWST may lead to another Nobel prize for some lucky observer..
This is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Vancouver monthly meeting and is shared with the general public at no charge.
We meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, downstairs in the auditorium of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
Astro-coffee and astro-cookies will be served at the Southam Observatory after the meeting.