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‘Wonders from Webb’ Program To Be Offered at Blue Ridge Music Center

Evening includes viewing of James Webb Space Telescope images and night sky walk

The National Park Service will host a special free program “Wonders from Webb” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 212.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

To start the event, Corrie Ann Delgado, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador, will share images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in the indoor amphitheater. At 8 p.m., a national park ranger will lead a walk in the dark and share how to navigate the night sky. The Echo Ridge Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for attendees to take a closer look at celestial objects. Visitors can also view a meteor and a piece of a moon rock.

The Webb telescope, sometimes called JWST, is an orbiting infrared observatory that will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity. The longer wavelengths enable Webb to look much closer to the beginning of time and to hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies, as well as to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today. The telescope’s first images were released on July 12.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a flashlight and dress in layers for the cool mountain weather. All ages are welcome.

The event is presented in partnership with NASA, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Belk Observatory at the Claytor Nature Center of the University of Lynchburg, Blue Ridge Astronomy Club, and Echo Ridge Astronomical Society.

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