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Webb Space Telescope
Community Events

October - December 2021

Celebrate space, science, and the universe!

Live Oak Public Libraries is one of almost 500 sites across the country to celebrate the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s next great space science observatory.  Rincon Library will offer a range of programs to bring the excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to children and the community.

Webb is the largest and most complex space science telescope ever built – the premier observatory of the next decade. This international mission, led by NASA in partnership with the European and Canadian space agencies, will launch in December 2021.

The telescope will observe the universe in infrared and give us insight into how our universe formed.  Webb will extend the scientific discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope and other past NASA missions.


NASA at My Library

Join the James Webb Space Telescope Challenge: December 1-31. Read five hours and collect a prize at your library! Sign up and track progress via Beanstack.

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Upcoming Activities & Programs

Join us for virtual programs and take-home projects! Visit or call Rincon Library at (912) 826-2222 for details.


Webb Space Telescope Launch Viewing

View the preparations and the launch of the Webb Space Telescope at Rincon Library!

Click here to watch online

NASA en Español: Desplegando el universo: El lanzamiento del Telescopio espacial James Webb


Art & Astronomy
Thursday, December 30, 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Enjoy a space-themed outdoor program at Rincon Library. Create an out-of-this-world art project and then display your work in the Library's Webb Space Telescope Gallery. (On view until February 3, 2022)


First Month

After liftoff, thousands of parts must work correctly to ensure that Webb can unfold into its final form nearly one million miles away.  Track Webb’s progress at the NASA blog. And follow NASA Live for live broadcasts to mark major mission milestones:

8 days after launch: sunshield deployment completion
10 days after launch: secondary mirror structure deployment completion
13 days after launch: primary mirror deployment completion
29 days after launch: arrival in orbit


First Observations
Summer 2022

Celebrate the first images being sent to NASA from the Webb Space Telescope. Join us for a viewing party at Rincon Library or watch from home.

Additional Activities


What is the James Webb Space Telescope

Watch this short video all about the world’s largest orbital telescope and its mission.


Different Types of Light

See different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum! Explore what makes the sky blue and the sunset red.


Find Faraway Worlds
Just how big are stars, planets, and moons? Try the online Sizemology game to see.


Gathering Galactic Data

Visit NASA’s Space Place to learn about what makes a galaxy a galaxy.


Reading Recommendations

Check out Earth and space science reading recommendations!  Which book did you choose?

Additional Resources


Storytime eBooks

Click on the book covers to check out the titles featured in Storytime.