ann2205 — Announcement

ESA Webb First Images Community Celebrations Across Europe

20 June 2022

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope will release its first full-colour images and spectroscopic data on 12 July 2022. As the largest and most complex observatory ever launched into space, Webb has been going through a six-month period of preparation before it can begin science work, calibrating its instruments to its space environment and aligning its mirrors. 

This top-secret and highly anticipated collection of images and spectra are intended to be shared widely around the world. To help celebrate this important release, ESA/Webb invited proposals from organisations, institutions, and groups across Europe to maximise the reach and impact of these products with special events in their communities. All of the participating organisations are listed below:


  • Bender / Fablab Klein-Brabant and CC Binder
  • Public Observatory Urania

Czech Republic

  • Hvězdárna a Planetárium Brno


  • Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) / IAU International Astronomy Education Centre, OAE Centre Cyprus (event website)


  • Cosmic Dawn Center


  • Helsinki Observatory/Helsinki University Museum


  • Centre national d'études spatiales / Centre national de la recherche scientifique / Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives / République française / la Ville de Paris
  • GAP47 - Groupe d'Astronomie Amateur et Observatoire astronomique
  • La Coupole, Centre d'Histoire et Pllanétarium 3D
  • Observatoire Historique de Marseille
  • Planétarium de Belfort
  • UPS in Space Club D'astronomie


  • Carl-Zeiss-Planetarium
  • Galileum Solingen
  • LWL-Planetarium Münster
  • Max Planck Institute for Astronomy / Haus der Astronomie
  • Planetarium Mannheim
  • Planetarium Osnabrück im Museum am Schölerberg (event website)
  • Zeiss Planetarium Bochum (event website)



  • Planetarium of Kecskemét



  • Dipartimento di Fisica "Enrico Fermi", Universit'a di Pisa
  • INAF-OAS and Sofos APS (Bologna)
  • Planetario di Roma
  • Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma / INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma


  • Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology

The Netherlands

  • Institute for Radio Astronomy
  • NOVA, Netherlands Research School for Astronomy / ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
  • Philippus Lansbergen Observatory
  • Sterrenwacht Gooi en Vechtstreek
  • Museum Boerhaave / Leiden Observatory / Oude Sterrewacht (event website)
  • University of Groningen


  • Ciência Viva / ESERO Portugal / Portugal Space - Pavilion of Knowledge, Lisbon (event website)
  • Exploratório – Centro Ciência Viva de Coimbra


  • Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos de Museos de Tenerife / Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias


  • Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, ESERO Sweden, House of Sciences Stockholm, and the Swedish National Space Agency


United Kingdom

  • Institute of Astronomy & Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge
  • Lancaster University (event website)
  • WebbUK: Science and Technology Facilities Council / Royal Astronomical Society / National Space Centre (event website) / University of Hertfordshire (event website) / Dynamic Earth / Life Science Centre
  • Space Park Leicester (University of Leicester)
  • South Downs Planetarium & Science Centre


Bethany Downer
ESA/Webb Chief Science Communications Officer
Email: [email protected]

About the Announcement



Webb Mirror Closeup
Webb Mirror Closeup