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Talks by Dr. John C. Mather, Nobel 2006 in Physics

At "La Pedrera"

Speaker: Dr. John C. Mather

Date/Hour:Tuesday 27 Sep , 18:30:00

Place: Auditorium of La Pedrera, c/Provença, 261-265, Barcelona

Free event. Limited sitting, registration is needed.(Registration form here)

Presentation in English.
Recommended age: 15 or older.

Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation and ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences in collaboration with the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE), the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE) and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) announce the conference of

Dr. John C. Mather, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2006

Senior Astrophysicist at the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in the framework of the Ignacio Cirac-Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera Chair program at ICFO.

Prof. Mather’s conference, entitled "The History of the Universe from the beginning to the end: where did we come from, where can we go?” will outline the history of the universe from its early moments beginning from the Big Bang to its possible end.

The conference is addressed to the general public audience with an interest in the scientific exploration of Nature. The lecture will illustrate examples from NASA, including measurements of the Big Bang, discoveries with the Hubble, and future telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope (planned for 2018 launch) and beyond.

At the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona

By: John C. Mather (NASA Observational Cosmology Laboratory)

Date/Time: 28-09-2016, 12:30:00

Place: Aula Magna. Physics Building, University of Barcelona

Abstract: The James Webb Space Telescope, planned for launch in October 2018, will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. It will open new territories of astronomy, with observations ranging from the first stars, galaxies, and black holes, to the growth of galaxies, to the formation of stars and planetary systems, to the evolution of planetary systems and the conditions for life here on Earth, and perhaps elsewhere. I will show how we have learned about the history of the universe, how the Big Bang is a completely misleading name for the infinite expanding universe, and what new telescopes are being built now. I will illustrate with simulations of the formation of galaxies from the primordial material, and the possible evolution of the solar system through planetary orbit migration. The JWST telescope mirror has been assembled and the instrument module has been completely tested. After more tests at Goddard, the telescope/instrument combination will travel to Houston for cryo-vacuum tests in Chamber A in 2017. I will show the design of the observatory and discuss the opportunities for future observers to prepare to use it.

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