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Infrared Astronomy and the James Webb Space Telescope
Monday 3rd May 2021
Start time : 19:15

Speaker : CAA

Space is the best place for infrared telescopes without the blurring effects of the atmosphere, and absorption of some infrared by water vapour in our atmosphere. The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) operated by NASA, the UK and the Netherlands was a space observatory which proved very successful during it 10 months of operation in 1983. Other IR telescope followed, but as it is expensive placing them in orbit, more and more ground based telescopes are now using certain IR frequencies. Hopefully, this October the ultimate IR space telescope will be launched, The James Webb Space Telescope promises us unparalleled views of the Universe in this part of the spectrum.

From now on the Cambridge AstroPlus incorporates the previous Cambridge Young Astronomers 11+ Group and also officially welcomes any of our members over the age of 11 to attend.

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