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October 16, 2019 at 8:41 am

Hicks in Dispatch | Exciting discoveries await launch of James Webb Space Telescope

Dr. Kenneth Hicks, portrait

Dr. Kenneth Hicks

Dr. Kenneth Hicks, Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Ohio University, authored a column in the Columbus Dispatch headlined “Astronomy: Exciting discoveries await launch of James Webb Space Telescope.”

The James Webb Space Telescope, described in my last column, is nearing completion and expected to be sent into space by 2021. It will replace the aging Hubble Space Telescope, which has made incredible scientific discoveries over the past three decades.

Science questions that the JWST could answer include: What did the first galaxies look like? Do those galaxies cluster in the way predicted from theoretical models of the Big Bang, including dark matter and dark energy? The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded this year partially to James Peebles, who pioneered theoretical calculations of the early universe. Clearly, these are important questions that the JWST can answer….

Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

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