First images from the James Webb Space Telescope (Boerhaave, Leiden, English)

A real size model of the James Webb Space Telescope. (c) NASA
A real size model of the James Webb Space Telescope. (c) NASA

Six months after launch, the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to show its first color images. On Tuesday 12 July, these first images from the world's largest space telescope will be released by NASA, ESA and CSA during a live TV broadcast. The Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden will be commemorating this historic moment live, together with world-famous Leiden astronomer Ewine van Dishoeck. She provides insights on this scientific highlight.

In collaboration with Ewine van Dishoeck and her team, Boerhaave is are organizing an event around the release on Tuesday 12 July to show the importance of the James Webb Space Telescope. For Boerhaave and Leiden, this is extremely relevant, because Leiden scientists have made very important contributions to its development.

Before the live broadcast, Ewine van Dishoeck will give an introductory lecture on the James Webb Space Telescope and what we might expect from the images. After the broadcast, Van Dishoeck will comment on the images with fellow astronomer Bernhard Brandl. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Both the broadcast and the lecture will be in English.

Tuesday 12 July 2022, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave
15:30 doors open for public
16:00 lecture by Ewine van Dishoeck
16:30 broadcast and release of first James Webb images
17:30 reactions and Q&A with Ewine van Dishoeck and Bernhard Brandl
18:00 Reception

About the speakers
Ewine van Dishoeck is a professor of molecular astrophysics at Leiden University and past president of the International Astronomical Union. She is also an ambassador for the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave.

Bernhard Brandl is a professor of infrared astronomy at Leiden University and co-principal investigator of MIRI, the mid-infrared instrument for the James Webb telescope.

Practical information
When: 12 July 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 pm*
Who: adults interested in astronomy
Where: in Museum Boerhaave, please register in advance

* If NASA shows the images half an hour later, the program start half an hour later, too. Boerhaave will inform you in time by e-mail.

More information and registration