As excitement mounts for the unveiling of Webb’s first full-colour images on Tuesday 12 July, here’s how to participate in the global celebration via ESA’s channels. Choose from watching a livestream, attending an in-person event, or joining our social media activities.
These first images from the international NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope will demonstrate Webb at its full power, ready to begin its mission to unfold the infrared universe. From the deepest images of our Universe ever made, to stellar life cycles, interacting galaxies and insights into exoplanets, Webb is set to wow us across a wide range of topics.
Preview event Mon 11 July 23:30 CEST
Update: US President Joe Biden will unveil one of the first images in a preview live stream event at 23:30 CEST. Watch live on ESA Web TV. The image will also be made available on ESA channels.
Watch live from 15:45 CEST on 12 July via ESA Web TV
NASA, ESA and CSA are hosting a joint broadcast to unveil the new images one by one with live commentary from experts. ESA is hosting the transmission on ESA Web TV. It will begin with a leadership address at 15:45 CEST, the image reveal in a live broadcast with expert commentary from 16:30 CEST, and a media briefing at 18:30 CEST.
Press release and where to find the new images
The images will be released simultaneously across Webb and partner agency websites and social media accounts.
Once all the images have been presented in the live broadcast, a press release will be published on esa.int/webb
Bookmark www.esawebb.org for all Webb community updates, too.
In-person media opportunities
Europe-based media are invited to join ESA at ESOC (Darmstadt, Germany) and ESTEC (Noordwijk, Netherlands) on 12 July for a special activity to celebrate the image release. More details and accreditation here.
Join #EuropeMeetsWebb public events
Special events are being held across Europe to celebrate this mission milestone and bring the images to more citizens across the continent. Find an event near you, here.
Be part of the social media buzz
There are many ways to join the Webb image buzz via our main social media channels as we countdown to the big unveil. Here’s a reminder of our main accounts, and some fun new challenges to look out for this week:
What observations or astronomical objects are you most looking forward to seeing with Webb? Look out for a #WebbChallenge coming from @ESA_Webb later in the week!
Have you joined the Webb Facebook Social yet? International mission partners NASA, ESA and CSA have teamed up to bring you up to speed with all things Webb with dedicated posts this week and next.
If Instagram is your go-to-social, then follow @ESAWebb where the new images will also make an appearance. There is a challenge for you to join there as well so watch our posts and stories this week.
Spotify – music challenge
It’s the final countdown! What songs spring to mind when you think of Webb and its science goals? We’re inviting you to add our Seeing Farther Spotify playlist, building on songs about launch and deployment to cover all things stars, planets, galaxies and beyond. Submit your ideas as replies to the relevant ESA Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest posts, or via ESA’s Instagram channel in our special ESA Quiz story edition on Friday night. The updated Spotify playlist will be revealed on 11 July and announced via our main social channels.
The Webb telescope lifted off on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 25 December 2021 on its exciting mission to unlock the secrets of the Universe. Webb, a partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is designed to answer outstanding questions about the Universe and to make breakthrough discoveries in all fields of astronomy. The major contributions of ESA to the mission are: the NIRSpec instrument; 50% of the MIRI instrument; the provision of the launch services; and personnel to support science operations. In return for these contributions, European scientists will get a minimum share of 15% of the total observing time, like for the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.