Explore the First Light of the Universe with Rogier Windhorst, Arizona State University.

Sydney Watchers presenter 1 July, 6:30pm.
Rogier Windhorst
Photo © Copyright Arizona Board of Regents.

Rogier Windhorst, a scientist with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is visiting the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and Australian Astronomical Observatory. We are fortunate to have him visit Sydney Observatory and present a talk at the Sydney City Skywatchers meeting on Monday 1 July, 6:30pm.

Rogier Windhorst’s research lies in astronomy, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, the cosmic dark ages and the epoch of First Light, and astronomical instrumentation. Since the early 1990’s, his Cosmology Group within the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University (ASU) has contributed significantly to unraveling the formation and evolution of distant galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope. Rogier is one of the six Interdisciplinary Scientists for NASA’s 6.5 meter JWST to be launched in 2013. His group at ASU plans to use JWST to map the epoch of First Light in detail.

Professor Windhorst is visiting from Arizona State University where he is the Regents’ and Foundation Professor, Co-Director of ASU Cosmology Initiative for the James Webb Space Telescope. He received his doctorate from the University of Leiden, and has had an extraordinary career in cosmology, having received many awards and is a founding professor at the Arizona State University.

NASA image
Artist conception of JWST, September 2009.
Credit: NASA


Sydney City Skywatchers is open to everyone keen on pursuing an interest in astronomy. New members are welcome to attend an introductory evening for the supper charge only ($2). Annual membership is $40. We meet on the first Monday of the month at Sydney Observatory. The presentation starts promptly at 6:30pm.




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