The Roman Space Telescope – NASA’s next generation observatory

From Dr. Becky.

If you’re struggling, consider therapy with BetterHelp #ad. Click https://betterhelp.com/drbecky for a 10% discount on your first month of therapy with a credentialed professional specific to your needs. | NASA’s next great observatory that’s set to launch is the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (which used to be known as WFIRST). The Roman Space Telescope is the successor to Hubble with a similar wavelength range and the same size telescope mirror. But Roman has been designed to look at a much bigger region of sky at once; its field of view is 100 times bigger than Hubble’s! Roman is set to launch in 2026, so it’s not now that we have to wait now. So in this video let’s chat about 1) who Nancy Grace Roman was and why the telescope is named after her, 2) Roman’s main science goals are and what it will study, and 3) how it differ’s from ESA’s euclid space telescope which was launched last year.

Find out more about the Roman Space Telescope here: https://roman.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Roman (1950) – https://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/pdf/1950ApJ…112..554R

00:00 – Introduction
03:51 – Who was Nancy Grace Roman?
05:31 – What are Roman’s main science goals?
09:52 – How do Roman and Euclid differ?
11:27 – Outro
11:47 – Bloopers

Video filmed on a Sony ⍺7 IV

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👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don’t know. If you’ve ever wondered about something in space and couldn’t find an answer online – you can ask me! My day job is to do research into how supermassive black holes can affect the galaxies that they live in. In particular, I look at whether the energy output from the disk of material orbiting around a growing supermassive black hole can stop a galaxy from forming stars.

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