With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) still planned for the year 2021, the call for telescope time proposals for Cycle 1 of the mission has just been announced. Thanks to its contribution of the NIRISS science instrument and the FGS camera, Canada will be entitled to about 5% of the open time (or General Observations time, GO) of this impressive telescope. Several Canadian astronomers are also already participating in Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO) or Early Release Science (ERS) programs that will be carried out during the first two years of the mission.
Up to 6000 hours will be available for the GO programs selected for JWST’s Cycle 1. The international astronomical community will have until May 1st 2020 to submit their proposals spanning all fields of astrophysics.
In preparation for the writing of these time proposals, which will most likely be more complex than the average telescope proposal, the JWST Support Team at the Université de Montréal will be organising several activities during the winter and spring of 2020 to support Canadian astronomers. In addition, a few Canadian astronomers who participated in a “MasterClass” workshop at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore in November 2019 will become JWST resources scattered across the country.