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How to see the new Webb images

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As excitement builds for the unveiling of Webb’s first color images on Tuesday July 12, here’s how to join the global celebration through ESA channels. Choose to watch a live stream, attend an event in person, or join our social media activities.

These first images from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb International Space Telescope will show Webb at full power, ready to begin his mission to unfold the infrared universe. From the deepest images of our universe ever, to stellar life cycles, interacting galaxies and glimpses of exoplanets, Webb is ready to wow us on a wide range of topics.

Watch live from 4:00 p.m. CEST on July 12 via ESA Web TV

NASA, ESA and CSA are hosting a joint broadcast to unveil the new images one by one with live commentary from experts. ESA is hosting the transmission on ESA Web TV. It will begin with a keynote address from the management at 4:00 p.m. CEST, the reveal of the image in a live broadcast with expert commentary from 4:30 p.m. CEST and a press conference at 6:00 p.m. CEST.

Press release and where to find the new images

Webb’s iconic mirror

Images will be posted simultaneously on Webb and partner agency websites and social media accounts.

Check the homepage as each image is unveiled on July 12, between 4:30 p.m. CEST and 5:30 p.m. CEST. The full set of images will also be available via our ESA Space in Images archive here.

Once all images are presented live, a press release will be published on

Also bookmark for all updates from the Webb community.

In-person media opportunities

Media based in Europe are invited to join ESA at ESOC (Darmstadt, Germany) and ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands) on July 12 for a special activity to celebrate the release of the image. More details and accreditation here.

Join #EuropeMeetsWebb public events

Special events are being held across Europe to celebrate this mission milestone and bring the images to more citizens across the continent. Find an event near you here.

Be part of the social media buzz

There are many ways to join the buzz of the Webb image through our main social media channels during the countdown to the big reveal. Here’s a refresher of our main accounts and fun new challenges to complete this week:

Follow @ESA_Webb for the latest mission updates. The first images will also be released via @esascience and @esa.

What observations or astronomical objects are you most looking forward to seeing with Webb? Look for a #WebbChallenge from @ESA_Webb later in the week!

Join the general conversation using hashtags #EuropeMeetsWebb #WebbSeesFarther Where #ExpandThe Universe

Have you joined the Webb Facebook Social yet? The mission’s international partners, NASA, ESA and CSA, have teamed up to bring you up to date with all things Webb with dedicated posts this week and next.

Don’t forget to follow @ESAWebb, our official Facebook page for Webb, as well as @EuropeanSpaceAgency for the big picture unveiled on Tuesday.

If Instagram is your go-to-social, follow @ESAWebb where the new images will also pop up. There’s a challenge for you to join too, so check out our posts and stories this week.

Spotify – music challenge
It’s the final countdown! What songs come to mind when you think of Webb and his scientific goals? We invite you to add our To see further Spotify playlist, drawing on songs on launch and rollout to cover all things stars, planets, galaxies and beyond. Submit your ideas in response to the relevant ESA Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest, or via the ESA Instagram channel in our special Friday night ESA Quiz edition. The updated Spotify playlist will be revealed on July 11 and announced via our main social networks.

Science with Webb: seeing further

About Webb

The Webb Telescope took off on a The Ariane 5 rocket from the European spaceport in French Guiana on December 25, 2021 on its exciting mission to unlock the secrets of the Universe. Webb, a partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is designed to answer unanswered questions about the Universe and to make groundbreaking discoveries in all areas of astronomy. ESA’s main contributions to the mission are: the NIRSpec instrument; 50% of the MIRI instrument; the provision of launch services; and personnel to support science operations. In exchange for these contributions, European scientists will obtain a minimum share of 15% of the total observation time, similar to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

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