Science at Sunset: Into the Past with JWST


6 to 10:30 p.m., July 12, 2024

Science at Sunset: Into the Past with JWST

Science at Sunset - JWST in space

Friday, July 12, 2024
1601 E University Blvd.
6PM to 10PM

During this special evening event, celebrate two years of amazing discoveries from the world's most revolutionary telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Join us for a talk with Dr. Kevin Hainline from the JWST team, planetarium showings, special activities, and telescope stargazing. 

Learn more below!

Kevin Hainline
About the featured speaker

Dr. Kevin Hainline is an astronomy professor and researcher on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) NIRCam science team at The University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. His research focuses on hunting for hidden supermassive black holes, and he’s currently using JWST to find and understand the most extreme, distant galaxies in the early universe. He received his PhD from UCLA in 2012 and spent three years as a researcher and professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire before moving to Tucson to work on JWST. Kevin has a passion for science outreach education, and has spoken about astronomy and our relation to the stars at events around the world.

Event schedule


Exhibits and Activities

Explore the Science Center

Reveal the marvels of the universe through science exhibits and special astronomy activities starting at 6:00PM. Flandrau staff will be on hand to help facilitate science demos in the Main Exhibit hall.

lecture at flandrau planetarium

7:00 PM - JWST Presentation with Kevin Hainline

"Our Modern Astronomical Revolution: Two Years with JWST"

Live presentation
In this talk, Dr. Kevin Hainline, a member of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) NIRCam Science team will explore how this incredible telescope has unlocked a new view of the Universe in its first two years. He’ll discuss the latest imaging, results, and science from JWST and highlight the work he’s done with the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey (JADES). JADES is the most comprehensive and deep survey of galaxies ever assembled, with hundreds of hours of imaging and spectroscopy covering many hundreds of thousands of galaxies. Dr. Hainline will describe recent headline-grabbing results from the JADES team in their hunt to uncover the farthest galaxies humans have ever seen.
Stargazing at Flandrau

After sunset - Telescope stargazing

Peer at the night sky with us

When the sun goes down, we'll be outside with our Dobsonian telescope looking at the Waning moon and any other astronomical objects out during the viewing period.

Families in Flandrau Planetarium enjoying the show

8:30PM - Live Planetarium PresentatIon

"How Did We Get Here: James Webb"

Discover the history of space telescopes and what it took to launch a massive project likes James Webb in this live presentation by Flandrau Staff. Hear from the team in pre-recorded interviews how they got involved in James Webb, the most difficult parts of their jobs, and even what their favorite images are.

Tucson Sky & Beyond graphic

9:30PM - Tucson Sky

Live astronomy star talk

Take a relaxing look at the night sky as one of our skilled "Console Captains" gives you a guided tour of the stars, planets, constellations and current events happening in the night sky.