Graduate student Traci Johnson headed a team, which included Prof. Keren Sharon, that pushed the Hubble Space Telescope beyond its limits. Using gravitational lensing to give HST a boost, they detected star formation in a very distant galaxy. Such work gives us a glimpse of what Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, to be launched in October, 2018, will be able to do. Johnson discusses the results in a NASA press release, along with commentary by collaborator Jane Rigby of of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on the hopes for new data from the Webb telescope. More information can be found in research papers led by Johnson:
Paper I (on reconstructing the galaxy from the lensed image)
Paper II (on the observed star formation)