Meeting MIRI - The Mid Infra Red Instrument

25 January 2012

Interview with 

Dr Helen Walker, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


The Mid Infra Red Instrument, or MIRI, is due to fly on the James Webb Space Telescope, and will observe distant galaxies and cold gas and dust.  It can observe light with a wavelength of 5 to 27 microns, which is virtually impossible on Earth, where it is absorbed by the atmosphere.  MIRI hopes to see the most distant galaxies and shed light on the distribution of hydrogen gas in the universe...


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