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Science Museum Oklahoma prepares for first images of other galaxies

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — If you love outer space, you won’t want to miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get your first glimpse of other galaxies on Tuesday.

On July 12, the Science Museum Oklahoma will celebrate the release of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope.

The museum is one of a limited number of institutions chosen by NASA to receive and share images from the telescope.

The images are scheduled to be released at 9:30 a.m. and will be streamed live on the Science Museum Oklahoma website and its social media pages.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever built and will provide the first glimpse of the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, looking back in time over 13.5 billion years.

The ultraviolet and visible light emitted by these early objects has been stretched by the continual expansion of the universe and now arrives as infrared light.

Webb will also be used to study planets and other bodies in the solar system to help scientists determine their origin and evolution, as well as compare them to exoplanets, planets that orbit other stars.

On Saturday, July 16, the museum will air “NASA Science Live,” a live panel discussion with NASA experts who will discuss the importance of the telescope and its recent discoveries.

At 8:30 p.m. on July 28, the museum will host “A Celebration of Space Under the Stars” in the museum parking lot. Experts will be on hand with telescopes to give a guided tour of the night sky. The event is open to the public and free.