On Tuesday, July 12, Science Museum Oklahoma will celebrate the release of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope.
Science Museum Oklahoma is among the limited number of institutions selected by NASA to receive and share the initial images from the telescope, nicknamed “Webb” by NASA. The images are expected to be released at about 9:30 a.m. CST and will be livestreamed both on Science Museum Oklahoma’s website at www.smo.org and on its social media @sciencemuseumok.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever constructed and will provide the first glimpses of the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, looking back in time over 13.5 billion years, according to a news release.
In addition to releasing images July 12, Science Museum Oklahoma will host multiple events in July highlighting astronomy and the James Webb Space Telescope.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, the museum will feature activities exploring visible light as well astronomy-themed art projects. At 2:30 p.m. the museum will broadcast “NASA Science Live,” a live panel discussion with NASA experts who will discuss the importance of the James Webb Space Telescope, explain its recent findings, respond to questions and talk about what this scientific breakthrough means for the future of space exploration. All activities are included with general admission.
At 8:30 p.m. July 28, the museum will host “A Celebration of Space Under the Stars” in the museum’s parking lot. Experts will be on hand with telescopes to give guests a guided tour of the night sky. Participants are encouraged to bring their own telescopes to the event. The event is open to the public and free to attend. More information about the event will be available closer to the event date.
For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma and the events mentioned, go to www.smo.org.
Science Museum Oklahoma’s daily general admission is $18.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $14.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older).