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In support of the first JWST call for proposals, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is pleased to announce a workshop to educate the general astronomical community about the JWST Proposal Planning process. This workshop will take place at STScI in Baltimore, MD on May 15-18, 2017. The main goal of this workshop is to provide hands-on teaching for the JWST Exposure Time Calculator (ETC), the JWST Target Visibility Tools, and the JWST Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT). Registration to the workshop is now open.
Remote participation will be possible via Webex or Live Streaming. Remote participants do not need to register but are asked to subscribe to the workshop email list to receive further information. To do so, please send an email to JWSTWorkshop_2017mayemail@example.com
The Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) calculates the detailed performance of the observatory by modeling astronomical scenes consisting of single or multiple point and extended sources. It offers full support for all of the JWST observing modes. There are two Target Visibility Tools to help you assess target visibilities before you enter information in APT: the General Target Visibility Tool (GTVT) predicts visibility windows and position angles for all instruments, and the Coronagraphic Visibility Tool (CVT) provides target visibility information for the NIRCam and MIRI coronagraphic modes. The Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) is used to write, validate and submit proposals.
The JWST Guaranteed Time Observers (GTOs) will submit Cycle 1 observing descriptions on April 1, 2017. We plan to illustrate the proposal planning process and the tools mentioned above using a subset of the NIRCam, NIRSpec, NIRISS, MIRI and Telescope Scientist GTO programs. During the workshop, GTOs will describe the science and technical motivation for half a dozen programs. STScI staff will step participants through ETC calculations and Target Visibility and APT planning for each program. The science programs to be discussed illustrate planning for (1) Multi Object Spectroscopy of bright and faint sources, (2) NIRCam and MIRI Coordinated Parallel Imaging, (3) NIRISS Wide Field Slitless Spectroscopy, (4) NIRSpec and MIRI Integral Field Spectroscopy of compact, extended sources, and (5) NIRcam and MIRI Coronagraphy of bright targets. In addition, STScI staff will be available to provide help with ERS and GO cycle 1 proposal planning during unstructured open periods.
For questions regarding the workshop you can contact us at: JWSTWorkshop-2017May-Info@stsci.edu* Remote participation will be possible via Webex or Live Streaming, but please note that remote participants will get very limited support. Remote participants do not need to register. *
**Space permitting, symposium talks are open to astronomers from all local (Maryland and Washington, DC) institutions without registering. However, seating is not guaranteed in the auditorium without registering for the symposium. Locals attending the symposium are requested to refrain from partaking in the refreshments. Locals wishing to partake in the refreshments, including the welcome reception, will need to register and will receive a badge for admission after payment of the registration fee.**
Christine Chen (co-chair)
Amaya Moro-Martin (co-chair)
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Monday, May 15, 2017 - Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMEastern Time
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