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Romania is hosting the first local masterclass in Europe on the new James Webb Space Telescope

on 12 February 2020

The European Space Agency kicks off, in Romania, a series of local workshops dedicated to the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope — JWST. The event will take place at the Institute of Space Sciences, between 17 and 18 February 2020. Participation is free, but registration is required.

The workshop is organised by researchers Laurențiu Caramete, Bogdan Dumitru and Răzvan Brașov from the Institute of Space Sciences (ISS) and it will also be attended by Marco Sirianni and Tim Rawle from the European Space Agency (ESA).

17 such events will be held all throughout Europe. The workshops are meant to prepare the European astronomical community for the research opportunities that will emerge with the launch of the James Webb telescope. These events take place from February to April and ISS hosting the first one.

During this local workshop the participants will be familiarized with the JWST mission status and the scientific instruments (NIRCam, NIRSpec, NIRISS and MIRI). Furthermore, the available proposal tools and observing scientific modes will be presented and discussed.

The event also takes place in the context of the recent opening of the call for scientific proposals for JWST. Time allocation for various observations of the space telescope is decided based on these proposals.

Earlier this February, ESA organised an European Masterclass, where representatives from 15 ESA Member States were invited to learn more about JWST proposal planning tools, resources and documentation. Participants are expected to share their knowledge with the community in their own country, by organising a local workshop.

Similar events are also taking place in the United States, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The James Webb Space Telescope will be Hubble’s successor, expected to be launched in the first half of the next year. The telescope’s wide range of targets includes detecting the first galaxies in the Universe and following their evolution over cosmic time, witnessing the birth of new stars and their planetary systems, and studying planets in our Solar System and around other stars.

More information and details about joining the event are available on the workshop page. 

More information about JWST can be found here.

Image credit: ESA