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NASA researcher to discuss James Webb Space Telescope April 17

April 10, 2013
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Dr. Nicholas Bond

The April 17 session of "Ask a Scientist," featuring NASA's Dr. Nicholas Bond, has been canceled. Due to a flight cancellation, Bond was unable to travel to Eau Claire from Chicago in time for the event.

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Nicholas Bond, a postdoctoral fellow with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will present "The James Webb Space Telescope" April 17 to conclude this year's "Ask a Scientist" series.

Bond's presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

Bond will discuss the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a partnership of NASA with the European and Canadian Space Agencies. With the JWST, NASA researchers hope to find the first galaxies that formed in the early universe and find stars forming planetary systems. Recently, the goals for the telescope have expanded to include studies of dark energy, dark matter, quasars, extrasolar planets and solar system objects.

JWST, the scientific successor to the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, is a major milestone in U.S. astronomy and will have a direct or indirect impact on all astronomers, Bond said.

"For my particular research interests, JWST will allow us to study how galaxies look in the very early universe, making a direct comparison to optical images of local galaxies, like Andromeda," he said.

Bond's presentation will consist of a 30-minute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Bond holds a bachelor's degree in astronomy/astrophysics from The Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University.

For more information about the series, contact Dr. Paul Thomas, UW-Eau Claire professor of physics and astronomy, at thomaspj@uwec.edu.

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