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Fri, 18 Oct

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Institute of Astronomy

The formation of the first galaxies and black holes in the early Universe revealed

In our annual Michael Penston Lecture, Professor Roberto Maiolino is going to bring us up to date with the latest news from the JWST regarding the early universe

The formation of the first galaxies and black holes in the early Universe revealed
The formation of the first galaxies and black holes in the early Universe revealed

Time & Location

18 Oct 2024, 20:00 – 22:00

Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Rd, Cambridge CB3 0HA, UK

About The Event

The James Webb Space Telescopea (JWST) is the largest telescope in space and one of the most ambitious astronomical missions ever developed.

In the first two years of operations it has opened a completely new discovery space in most areas of astrophysics, with several unexpected and extraordinary results.

The lecture will focus on the exploration of the early Universe with JWST. It will illustrate some of the new findings on the formation of the first stars in primeval galaxies, and how these have enriched the interstellar medium with the first generation of chemical elements heavier than helium. The several intringuing discoveries of infant black holes in the young Universe will also be discussed.

While such results are shedding new light on the origin and nature of the first stars and black holes, some of the JWST findings are unexpected and are opening new exciting questions.

Michael Penston was based at the Institute of Astronomy. In 1990 he was due to give a talk to the CAA, but had to cancel due to illness. Sadly, Michael died soon afterwards. In March 1991 the CAA held a lecture in memory of Michael, and a collection was made for cancer research. By the next year a fund had been set up in his name, administered by the Royal Astronomical Society, to help up-and-coming astronomers establish themselves in their chosen profession. Each year since then the CAA members are asked to make a donation to the fund after the talk.

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