Science with HabEx: UV to near-infrared space astronomy in the 2030’s

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Flatiron Institute Auditorium
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New York, 10010 United States

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Monday October 1, 2018

The Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) is one of four concepts currently under study by NASA in preparation for the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey.HabEx is designed to be the next-generation great observatory that has the capability to address physics of the cosmos, cosmic origins, solar system, and exoplanet science. HabEx is a space-based 4-meter diameter telescope with ultraviolet, optical, and near-infrared imaging and spectroscopy capabilities, and at least 50% of the primary 5-year mission will be dedicated to community involvement through a competed and funded Guest Observer (GO) program.

The purpose of this meeting is to invite members of the community to present scientific investigations and observational programs that:

  • Will be important and relevant in the 2030’s.
  • Can be specifically conducted – or could benefit from synergistic observations – with HabEx.

To apply to give a presentation, abstract submissions are due by September 7th. The registration deadline to attend the meeting is October 1st.

More information on HabEx can be found on the HabEx website. See the “Mission” tab for information on the telescope and instrument capabilities.

The most comprehensive information on HabEx can be found in the HabEx Interim Report.

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    The agenda is still under active consideration. The following will be updated after Sep 21st when speakers are confirmed.

    Monday October 15

    12:30 pmmeeting room opens – informal discussions
    1:00 pmWelcome and meeting objectives
    1:20 pmUltraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) Instrument capabilities
    1:45 pmHabEx Workhorse Camera (HWC) Instrument capabilities
    2:15 pmExoplanet Direct imaging capabilities
    2:15 - 2:30 pmCoffee Break
    2:30 pm - 6pmScience with HabEx (I)
    7:00 pmConference Dinner

    Tuesday October 16

    8:00 ammeeting room opens – informal discussions
    8:30 amCheck-in and Breakfast
    9am - NoonScience with HabEx (II)
    Noon - 1pmLunch Break
    1:00 PM - 3:30 pmScience with HabEx (III)
    3:30 PM - 3:45 pmCoffee Break
    3:45 - 5:30 pmHabEx science whitepapers discussion
    5:30 pmAdjourn
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    Currently confirmed invited speakers:

    SpeakerAffiliationScience with HabEx
    Harry FergusonSTScIGalaxy formation and evolution
    Saavik FordCUNYBlack holes / nearby galaxies
    Eliza KemptonUniversity of MarylandExoplanet transit spectroscopy
    Franck MarchisSETI InstituteSolar system science
    Marc PostmanSTScIGeneral astrophysics
    Jason TumlinsonSTScICosmic origins
  • Hotelplus--large

    Participants should arrange their own hotel accommodations. The following hotels are recommended by the Flatiron institute:

    The James Hotel, NOMAD, NYC
    22 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
    (212) 532-4100

    The Marcel at Gramercy
    201 E 24th Street
    New York, NY 10010
    (212) 696-3800

    Pod 39
    145 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
    (844) 763-7666

    The Redbury New York
    29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
    (212) 689-1900>

    The Roger New York
    131 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
    (212) 448-7000

    W New York – Union Square
    201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003
    (212) 253-9119

  • The Scientific Organizing Committeeplus--large

    John Clarke (Boston Univ.)

    Shawn Domagal-Goldman (NASA-GSFC)

    Scott Gaudi (OSU)

    Alina Kiessling (NASA-JPL)

    Bertrand Mennesson (NASA-JPL)

    Ty Robinson (NAU)

    Leslie Rogers (Univ. of Chicago)

    Paul Scowen (ASU)

    Sara Seager (MIT)

    Rachel Somerville (Rutgers Univ./ Flatiron Institute)

    Daniel Stern (NASA-JPL)

    Keith Warfield (NASA-JPL)

  • Contactsplus--large

    Queries can be sent to:

    Bertrand Mennesson (HabEx Study Scientist)

    Scott Gaudi (HabEx Science and Technology Definition Team Co-Chair)

    Alina Kiessling (HabEx Deputy Study Scientist)

    Rachel Somerville (HabEx STDT Member and local Flatiron Institute host)

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