Dr David Rosario

Back to the beginning of time; exploring the mysteries of star and galaxy formation with the James Webb Space Telescope

Dr David Rosario

Back to the beginning of time: exploring the mysteries of star and galaxy formation with the James Webb Space Telescope

Dr David Rosario is a senior lecturer in Astrophysics at Newcastle University. His research focuses on growing supermassive black holes and the galaxies that sustain them. As an observational astronomer, Dr Rosario uses some of the most advanced telescopes in space and on the ground, taking a multi-wavelength perspective. As a science communicator, he has talked at science festivals, at museums, pubs, and to whoever will listen. Watch for him in the PBS Nova/BBC special series “Universe Revealed”.

Since it’s launch on Christmas Day in 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has quickly cemented its potential to be the most influential scientific facility in history. A triumph of space engineering and technology, it has already achieved its main goals: to find the raw materials for life on distant worlds, and to see the glimmers of light from the first stars to have ever formed. I will take you on a tour of JWST, highlighting the elements of its design which make these incredible discoveries possible. As an early user of JWST, I will try to convey the excitement, and dread, that the observatory inspired in the astronomical community over the years, culminating in the steady stream of present discoveries that appear almost every day. I will end with an introduction to my own nook of the JWST-verse, the study of dusty winds blown by those monsters of the Universe, supermassive black holes. My aim is to give you the scientific and historic context to understand the revolution that JWST will bring to astrophysics in the next two decades.



Sir Charles Wilson Building

Address: 1 University Avenue, Glasgow – at the corner of University Avenue and Gibson Street.

Access information –  here

This lecture theatre is very atmospheric, as you can see in the picture above. It has all modern facilities but retains many original features in a beautifully refurbished church building. There are good public transport links, free parking very close by in the University grounds from 5pm, plus nice places to eat or drink before the lecture if you want to make a night of it.

The venue has a hearing loop which can be accessed via a hearing aid. The best reception for the loop can be achieved by audience members sitting in one of the front six rows.

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