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Astrochemistry with JWST: Studying Chemistry from light years away
Abstract - The atmospheres of stars and planets, the cores of cold molecular clouds, dusty star forming regions and the outflows of Active Galactic nuclei are only a handful of examples of places in the universe where chemistry takes place on the cosmic scale. To study the chemistry of these distant places, astronomers and astrochemists use a variety of tools, including laboratory experiments, sophisticated molecular and chemical modeling, and, of course, advanced telescopes and probes with specialized instrumentation. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a 6.5 meter infrared observatory due to be launched in late 2021, will revolutionize our understanding of the universe by providing unprecedented access to the infrared sky. This presentation will discuss how astronomers study the chemical evolution of the universe, with a special focus on JWST and its expected contributions to astrochemistry.

Webinar presented by the Northeast Tennessee chapter of American Chemical Society.

Apr 28, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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