Maximizing the Science from Two Great Observatories

Description:  The Hubble Space Telescope’s observing opportunities from the ultraviolet through the infrared have allowed unparalleled discoveries of the universe, from near to far. The pending launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and overlap in science operations of these two observatories enables new science not possible with either observatory separately. While JWST will eclipse HST’s performance at near-infrared wavelengths and supplement with longer-wavelength capabilities, Hubble’s imaging, spectroscopic, polarimetric, and coronagraphic options at UV and optical wavelengths will continue to provide unique pathways to science. Since Hubble’s 24th observing cycle, nearly 2900 orbits of HST time have been used for programs that prepare for future JWST observations. In order to maximize the science that can be done with both observatories once operational, a joint HST-JWST program will be in place starting with JWST Cycle 1 and HST Cycle 29. This special session will discuss recent results in five broad science areas that have utilized observations with Hubble, and describe how the two observatories can work with each other to answer pressing scientific questions. The talks will be followed by a panel discussion to explore additional synergies between the missions.

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