What a UTSA astronomer hopes to learn from using the Webb telescope


Even at age 4, Chris Packham was fascinated by the night sky.

Packham recalls visiting his grandparents’ house located on the southern coast of England as a boy and gazing at the star-strewn heavens alongside his uncle and grandfather. When he wasn’t stargazing, he was inside watching astronomer Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking television series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.”

“I watched that over and over, and I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do,’” Packham said. “It is without fail, the coolest stuff that we can do… so that’s when I started to optimize my school and then university days towards doing this flavor of science.”

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