Countdown to Launch! New Eyes on the Sky with the James Webb Space Telescope

The long-awaited launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, successor to Hubble, is finally here. This next generation space telescope is at the launch site in French Guiana and is expected to take off as early as December 22nd. With Webb, astronomers expect to see further, fainter, and with more detail than ever before to explore the most distant galaxies, the nearest planetary systems, and everything in between.

Come learn from UCSC astronomers about this new space telescope, what big questions we expect it to answer, and how UCSC scientists will use it to understand our universe. Event includes speakers, audience Q&A, exhibit tables and kid friendly activities. We also plan to have telescopes set up for viewing the night sky if conditions allow.


Please remember UC Santa Cruz has new COVID-19 guidelines for on campus visitors and guests. When you arrive at the event, please provide the following:

1. Proof of vaccination OR a recent negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the start of the event (must be a lab PCR test; home tests/antigen tests are not valid).

2. Email confirmation for completing the UC Santa Cruz symptom checker (this should be completed the day you come to campus).

Questions? Please contact Deana Tanguay at

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Hay Barn
1008 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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