Saint Mary's University is proud to present the seventh annual Dan MacLennan Memorial Lecture in Astronomy

James Webb Space Telescope


Image credits: Pierre Vuaillet (left), NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez (right)

The James Webb Space Telescope: The Countdown Is On

The James Webb Space Telescope, successor to the prestigious Hubble Space Telescope, will be the largest telescope ever deployed in space when it launches this winter. Thanks to its unprecedented observing capabilities, Webb promises to revolutionize our understanding of the Universe, Webb will study the population of young galaxies formed early after the Big Bang, and probe the atmospheres of nearby temperate Earth-size exoplanets that may have conditions conducive for life. Canada is a key partner in the development of this observatory, arguably among the most complex machines ever built by humanity.

Featuring speaker Dr. René Doyon, Director of the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at Université de Montreal and lead scientist for Canada’s contribution to Webb.

The Dan MacLennan Memorial Lecture in Astronomy is presented by the Faculty of Science and the Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

ASL interpreting will be available for this event.

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. AT

Tickets: Tickets are free, advance registration is required. Virtual Tickets  |  On Campus Tickets

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