Look Up!

Explore Our Universe

Get ready for your JWST First Images programs! 

STAR Net  Partners with the American Library Association and NASA for the JWST Mission Campaign

STAR Net’s Look Up: Explore Our Universe campaign is a celebration of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mission.

We invite public libraries in the U.S. and beyond to participate by hosting JWST programs at your library. Use the resources that we’ve curated specifically for librarians to engage patrons.

We have interactive activities for your JWST program!

STAR Net’s digital STEAM Activity Toolkit has five interactive activities with accompanying resources and video links to help you put together programming in celebration of the James Webb Space Telescope. Find even more activities on STAR Net’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse.

STEAM Strategies videos help increase library staff confidence and skills in delivering culturally responsive Earth and space science programming. Take a look at Strategies for Inclusion:

Curious about what’s next for Webb?!
Find out with NASA Science Live: What’s Next for the James Webb Space Telescope?


  • Dr. Amber Straughn, Deputy Project Scientist for Webb Science Communications at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland
  • Miss Scarlin Hernandez, Webb Flight Systems Engineer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland
  • Miss Tahira Allen, Communication Strategist for the NASA Headquarters digital media team in Washington
Spiral Galaxy M106. Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team, & R. Gendler

Why is the Webb telescope important?

The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb) is an orbiting infrared observatory that will complement and extend the legacy of previous space-based telescopes, like Hubble and Spitzer. Webb will be the premier observatory of the next decade. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, from the atmospheres of other worlds to the formation of the first galaxies. Our goal is that with your help, Webb’s launch and operation will captivate and inspire a new generation of space science enthusiasts, reaching a broader, more diverse audience than ever before. It represents a unique opportunity to engage your community through some of humanity’s biggest questions: How does the Universe work? How did we get here? Are we alone?

Find out more about the Webb Telescope:

Check Out These Videos to Learn More:

Hubble and Webb: Friends in the Sky

How will the Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope be different, and how are they similar? Learn more in this short, animated video. Credits: NASA, ESA, and L. Hustak (STScI) 

Visualization of the Orion Nebula in Visible and Infrared Light

This visualization explores the Orion Nebula using both visible and infrared light. The sequence begins with a wide-field view of the sky showing the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, then zooms down to the scale of the Orion Nebula. The visible light observation (from the Hubble Space Telescope) and the infrared light observation (from the Spitzer Space Telescope) are compared. Credits: NASA, ESA, and F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, J. DePasquale, L. Hustak, L. Frattare, M. Robberto, M. Gennaro (STScI), R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC), M. Kornmesser (ESA), A. Fujii. Music: “Dvorak – Serenade for Strings Op22 in E Major larghetto,” performed by The Advent Chamber Orchestra, CC BY-SA 

Archived Webinars and Resources

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Bringing the Stories of the Skies to your Library

Bringing the Stories of the Skies to Your Library

How to Use a Telescope

Would you like to build your own solar system? Or fly a spacecraft to Mars? How about ordering different images according to their relative size and distance apart? Share NCIL’s interactive games with your patrons to help develop their learning skills.

“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” – George Dorsey

Be a Webb Artist!

Be a Webb Artist! NASA invites you to create James Webb Space Telescope inspired art, and share it with NASA using #JWSTArt! The gallery is a selection of all the public submitted art. Click any thumbnail for a larger image and details. Submit art directly to the JWST Inspired Flickr Group.

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