The James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, is the world's most advanced astronomical observatory. Launched in late 2022, JWST is a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) with contributions to the design, build, and exploitation from thousands of engineers, technicians, and scientists across the world. Over the last two years JWST has been undertaking observations stretching from the planets of our own Solar System, to some of the most distant galaxies in the Universe. JWST will ultimately help answer many key outstanding questions across astrophysics and cosmology.

At this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition you'll be able to learn about some of the cutting-edge science already undertaken by JWST; learn about the study of alien planets, the formation of the first black holes, and where stars are born. Our exhibit combines hands-on activities focussed on spectroscopy, models of JWST and its instruments, and high-resolution examples of some of JWST's spectacular data. The exhibit is staffed by scientists and engineers from the across the country.

To learn more about JWST in advance of the Summer Science Exhibition see the UK's JWST page or the European Space Agency's page.

The exhibit is led by a team from the University of Sussex and features contributions from several other UK Universities, STFC's UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), and the European Space Agency.

To get in touch with the team please email us here.

Phantom Galaxy. Credit: ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-JWST Team. Acknowledgement: J. Schmidt
Ring Nebula.Credit: ESA/Webb, NASA, CSA, M. Barlow, N. Cox, R. Wesson
The Carina Nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI, J. DePasquale (STScI)
Galaxy cluster MACS0416.Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, J. Diego (Instituto de Física de Cantabria, Spain), J. D’Silva (U. Western Australia), A. Koekemoer (STScI), J. Summers & R. Windhorst (ASU), and H. Yan (U. Missouri)
Uranus.Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI
Galaxy I Zwicky 18.Credit: ESA/Webb, NASA, CSA, A. Hirschauer, M. Meixner et al.
Herbig-Haro 46/47.Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, J. DePasquale (STScI)