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MAY 13, 2019

Office of Public Outreach Helps Explain JWST Science

STScI’s Office of Public Outreach (OPO) is hard at work preparing the public to appreciate and understand the amazing science of JWST. OPO releases a science feature each month, in coordination with NASA, to share highlights of the upcoming scientific programs and to begin to familiarize the general public with the kind of science JWST will enable. The releases so far have shared various GTO and ERS programs and will expand to include GO proposals after they have been selected.

Alongside these news features, several multimedia assets are created to help the public understand the scientific concepts. Each feature includes images, spectra, infographics, animations, and/or videos. Here are a few samples:

  • Have you ever struggled to explain cosmological redshift? Here is an infographic to help you!
  • What is so great about supernovae? Check out this short animation showing element creation.
  • Do you work on exoplanets? We have a fun transmission spectroscopy video for you to use! 
  • How do you define a galaxy?
  • What's a good way to describe stellar outflows? A boat analogy does the trick. 
  • How do Integral Field Units work? Watch this video.
  • Planning observations? Take a look at this animation showing JWST’s field of regard.

All of the assets developed at STScI are publicly available for download and distribution at The astronomical community is encouraged to take advantage of these resources to help explain their own research to peers and the public alike.

For technical assistance, please contact the JWST Help Desk.

The NASA James Webb Space Telescope, developed in partnership with ESA and CSA, is operated by AURA’s Space Telescope Science Institute.

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