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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.

This image provided by NASA on Monday, July 11, 2022 shows galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope is designed to look back so far that scientists can glimpse the dawn of the universe around 13.7 billion years ago and zoom in on closer cosmic objects, even our own solar system , with sharper focus.(AP)

“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.

Views included a sparkling blue and orange shot of a dying star, five galaxies in a cosmic dance...
Views included a sparkling blue and orange shot of a dying star, five galaxies in a cosmic dance, and a sparkling landscape of baby stars.

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.

NASA unveils first color images from the James Webb Space Telescope
NASA unveils first color images from the James Webb Space Telescope

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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