Conference summary from the “Galaxy Formation and Evolution in the Era of The Nancy Grace Roman Telescope” conference.
Astrobite Authors: Lukas Zalesky, Gourav Khullar, & John Weaver
What is the Roman Space Telescope?
You might know it by its original name: the Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST). Earlier this year the space-based facility was formally named after Nancy Grace Roman, a pioneer in space-based astronomy in an era when women in leadership positions were virtually non-existent. Nancy Grace is known as ‘the mother of Hubble’ (the telescope) and worked tirelessly advocating and organizing the Hubble Space Telescope, which has forever changed our view of the universe.
Roman was selected as a result of the US Decadal Survey, which highlighted the need for a wide-field infrared space mission to perform survey work in the era post-Hubble and post-Spitzer. It has several distinct science goals all of which are immediately served by the combination of wide-field, infrared imaging and multi-object spectroscopy uniquely enabled by Roman. With a view 100x greater than Hubble in a single snapshot (see Figure 1), broad-band filters, and a slitless grism, along with a groundbreaking coronagraph to directly image exoplanets, Roman is slated to be a key contributor in the next decade of astronomy.
The event was held as a part of an ongoing series of science meetings to discuss the potential yields of Roman