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Seeing Farther into the Universe:
Nov. 14
The OTE (Optical Telescope Element) Simulator or OSIM wrapped in a silver blanket on a platform, being lowered down into a vacuum chamber (called the Space Environment Simulator, or SES) by a crane to be tested to withstand the cold temperatures of space. Credit: NASA Goddard/Chris Gunn.

Seeing Farther into the Universe:

A look at the James Webb Space Telescope


Sunday, November 14, 2021
2:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Arlington Mill Community Center Room 527
Free in-person event with live streaming from 2:30 – 4:30

Join us and NASA for a Discovery Day about the new James Webb Space Telescope! When the JWST launches next month, it will be the biggest, most sensitive space-based observatory ever built. Unlike the famous Hubble Space Telescope, the JWST will look at the universe at infrared wavelengths.

Dr. L. Y. Aaron Yung, a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Observational Cosmology Lab at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will be our featured speaker. He will tell us how "The James Webb Space Telescope is actually a time machine!"

Come to the event to learn all about the science and technology that will make JWST an observational powerhouse! If you cannot attend in person, we will stream portions of the event live via our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

For your safety, the Friends will comply with all local guidelines regarding in-person events of this nature. Volunteer staff will be fully vaccinated. All volunteers and attendees over the age of 4 will wear masks; we ask that those unable or unwilling to wear a mask participate virtually. If community circumstances change, we will still host a virtual event.

Please check our website for updates. In the meantime, if you are curious about the Optical Telescope Element and its testing, click here for more pictures and information.