The planetarium hosts a James Webb Telescope Image Gallery show and exhibit on Friday

The pictures are there and they are even better than one could imagine.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope this week began transmitting the clearest infrared images of the deepest parts of the universe. The images will be available in large format at a gallery exhibition on Friday, July 15 at TCOE’s Planetarium & Science Center.

NASA Solar System Ambassador Craig Alameda will also be on hand to answer questions. The exhibition is included with the purchase of admission to the planetarium show on July 15 Two small pieces of glass: the incredible telescope.

Webb is the largest and most powerful space science telescope ever built by NASA. More than a million miles from Earth, Webb will directly observe a slice of space and time never seen before. It will look at the period when the very first stars and galaxies formed, more than 13.5 billion years ago. Scientists will use Webb to study planets and other bodies in our solar system to determine their origin and evolution, and compare them with exoplanets, planets that orbit other stars. Webb will also observe exoplanets in the habitable zones of their stars, regions where a planet might harbor liquid water on its surface, and can determine if and where habitability signatures may be present.

Planetarium visitors can learn about the history and science behind telescopes in a projection of Two small pieces of glass: the incredible telescope, and learn about science through activities and crafts for curious scientists of all ages. Planetarium doors will open one hour before show time for exhibit and gallery activities. For ticket prices and show times Two small pieces of glassvisit tcoe.org/Planetarium/PublicShows.

For more information on the James Webb Space Telescope, visit www.nasa.gov/Webb.

Photo above:

~ This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” dotted with twinkling stars is actually the edge of a nearby young star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals previously invisible star birth zones for the first time. Credit: NASA, ESA, ASC and STScI

Arline J. Mercier