Today I was at the National Astronomy Meeting with 500 of my fellow astrophysicists and we were all excited to see the first science images from the James Webb Space Telescope. I recorded my live reaction for you, and theirs! I’ll have a more in depth look at each of the images for you in Thursday’s video.
See all the early release science project descriptions and proposals here, the data from which will get released on Thursday:
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👩🏽💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don’t know. If you’ve ever wondered about something in space and couldn’t find an answer online – you can ask me! My day job is to do research into how supermassive black holes can affect the galaxies that they live in. In particular, I look at whether the energy output from the disk of material orbiting around a growing supermassive black hole can stop a galaxy from forming stars.