Astronomers Are Always Looking Up

Jun 15, 2017

Sitting in a session at the American Astronomical Society's summer meeting in Austin, I am struck by the great measures humans take to satisfy our innate curiosity.  The particular session is detailing the science likely to emerge once the James Webb Space Telescope is deployed and operational.  That new infrared telescope promises to open up vistas in fields from the formation of galaxies to the elucidation of exoplanetary atmospheres.  That particular topic is what drew me to Texas, as our group at MSU works on lab investigations linked to the astronomers' quest for the understanding of worlds outside our own.