Greetings from Austin, Texas. We're here for the weekend of March 8-10, 2013, to showcase NASA's next Great Observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
The photo attached to this post shows the full-scale model of JWST that is on display on the grounds of the Long Center. It is about as large as a tennis court and 40 feet tall — quite a sight to see. JWST is going to be the largest space telescope ever.
Right next to the model is a huge tent where I and other astronomers, educators, and space experts will be explaining not only the incredible technology that makes the telescope possible, but also breakthrough astronomical discoveries JWST will enable. We've got a 20-million-pixel display wall running WorldWideTelescope software with which we'll give you scientific tours of the universe.
In addition, we've got a Nobel prize winner, NASA engineers, and on Sunday evening I'm leading an attempt at a Guiness World Record for the largest outdoor astronomy lesson (more on that in a later post). Check out the full information on the JWST at SXSW website.
It's all free and open to the public. If you are nearby, come down and visit us. Marvel at the telescope model and learn about the future of space astronomy.