Science Museum of Virginia brings NASA telescope images to life
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – This is a new frontier for stunning images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
The Science Museum of Virginia is now working these newly unveiled images of our universe in its planetarium shows inside the dome.
“So the atmosphere there was just electric to experience that,” said Immersive Experience Manager Justin Bartel.
This week, Bartel traveled to NASA’s Goddard Space Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute for the reveal.
He called it all a breathtaking experience, and says the biggest benefit is that the handful of images are the start of a long list of amazing discoveries the telescope will make.
“We had a one-on-one Q&A time with some of these leaders and scientists who are now going to spend maybe the next two decades making new discoveries with this telescope,” Bartel said.
High-resolution images in hand, Bartel took them back to the science museum to display in the dome.
The museum also hopes that a renewed interest in space will result in more people coming through the doors to learn, be inspired and discover.
“I know the pictures get a lot of coverage. I hope a lot of people get really excited right now, so I really hope people see it and here about the footage here,” Bartel said.
Next summer, the museum will host an astronomy exhibition. Those at the museum hope to incorporate more of these telescope images at that time.
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