User Training In James Webb Space Telescope Data Analysis

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February 10, 2015 – The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland will host a workshop from May 6-8, 2015 to introduce the data analysis tools being developed for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Analysis tools for JWST are being written in Python and distributed as part of Astropy, a community Python library for astronomy. The meeting will include topics like Python for the Novice User and Getting Familiar with Astropy. Most of the meeting will focus on Astropy tools, and follow the workflows of a few example use cases for data analysis to illustrate how the tools which currently exist fit within this framework. A major component of the meeting is enabling hands-on use of tools, soliciting feedback, and collectings suggestions for improvement.

There will be a nominal registration fee for onsite attendees. Additionally, remote access to the meeting will be available.

This event is the first in an annual series; subsequent workshops will encompass more tools as they are developed.

A virtual machine containing all the tools and accompanying data needed in order to participate in the workshop will be distributed approximately one month before the meeting. Virtual machine and operating system requirements are available. Enquiries may be forwarded to jwst_usertraining@stsci.edu

The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. JWST will see farther into the cosmos and further back in time than any other telescope, revealing the first galaxies forming 13.5 billion years ago. The telescope will also pierce through interstellar dust clouds to capture stars and planets forming in our own galaxy.

Colorado’s Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is responsible for the eighteen primary mirrors that make up the James Webb Space Telescope. Once on orbit, the 18 hexagonal segments will work together as one 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror, the largest mirror ever flown in space and the first to deploy in space. Ball Aerospace was also responsible for developing the secondary mirror, tertiary mirror and fine-steering mirror.

The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is being developed by Lockheed Martin, under contract with the University of Arizona. NIRCam is the primary science camera on JWST, and also functions as the sensor that is used to align the observatory’s primary mirror.

JWST is is an international project led by NASA with its partners, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. JWST is expected to launch in 2018.