SMC’s Drescher Planetarium continues free virtual live shows in August Shows Explore the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

The John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College continues its Friday night events in August 2022 with free live virtual shows presented online at This month’s user-friendly presentations will explore the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Friday night shows take place at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a simplified virtual summary of the popular Night Sky Show at 7 p.m., offering the latest news in astronomy and space exploration. Shows include the opportunity to chat with planetarium speakers and ask questions.

Planetarium speakers are currently using the Zoom platform to present shows while the on-campus planetarium remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To watch the shows, the Zoom software must be installed on the viewer’s computer. A free download is available at

The August 2022 shows are:

• Fridays August 5 and 12, at 8 pm (after The Night Sky Show at 7 pm): The Big Reveal – Webb’s Early Images — Lecturer Jim Mahon and Lecturer Sarah Vincent. With the James Webb Space Telescope set in its orbital perch near Earth-Sun point L2, the first images it has captured are expected to be released in June. This presentation has been timed to allow time for potential issues during the first operational life of this revolutionary instrument, and to review what has been seen so far. If JWST falls victim to some type of failure, the show will conduct a post-mortem discussion of what happened. Free. Zoom to

More information is available online at or by calling

310-434-3005. All shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Santa Monica College is a community college in California accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Submitted by Grace Smith

Arline J. Mercier