Here’s how to see Webb’s new pictures

Science & Exploration


As anticipation builds for the unveiling of Webb’s first full-color images on Tuesday 12 July, here’s how to join the global celebration through ESA’s channels. Choose to watch a live stream, attend an in-person event, or participate in our social media activities.

These first images from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb International Space Telescope will demonstrate Webb at his full potential, ready to begin his mission to unfold the infrared Universe. From the deepest images of our universe ever taken to stellar life cycles, interacting galaxies and glimpses of exoplanets, Webb will delight us with a variety of topics.

Watch live on ESA Web TV on July 12 from 16:00 CEST

NASA, ESA and CSA are hosting a joint broadcast to reveal the new images one by one with live expert commentary. ESA will moderate the broadcast on ESA Web TV. It begins with a keynote speech at 4:00 p.m. CEST, the image unveiling in a live broadcast with expert commentary from 4:30 p.m. CEST and a media briefing at 6:00 p.m. CEST.

Press release and where to find the new images

Webb’s iconic mirror

The images will be published simultaneously on Webb’s and partner agencies’ websites and social media accounts.

Visit the homepage when each image will be unveiled between 16:30 CEST and 17:30 CEST on July 12th. The full set of images will also be available through our ESA Space in Images archive here.

A press release will be published on once all images have been presented in the live broadcast

Also, bookmark for all Webb community updates.

Personal Media Opportunities

Europe-based media are invited to join ESA at ESOC (Darmstadt, Germany) and ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands) on July 12 in a special activity to celebrate the image release. More details and accreditation here.

Join public #EuropeMeetsWebb events

Special events are being held across Europe to celebrate this missionary milestone and make the images available to more citizens across the continent. Find an event near you here.

Be part of the social media buzz

There are plenty of ways to join the Webb image buzz across our main social media channels as the countdown to the big reveal begins. Here’s a reminder of our main accounts and some fun new challenges to watch out for this week:

consequences @ESA_Webb for the latest mission updates. The first pictures will also be published by @esascience and @esa.

What observations or astronomical objects with Webb are you most looking forward to? Watch out for a #WebbChallenge coming from @ESA_Webb later in the week!

Join the general conversation by using the hashtags #EuropeMeetsWebb #WebbSeesNext or #UnfoldTheUniverse

Have you joined the Webb Facebook Social yet? International mission partners NASA, ESA and CSA have teamed up to bring you special updates on Webb this week and next.

Don’t forget to follow @ESAWebb, our official Facebook page for Webb, and @EuropeanSpaceAgency for Tuesday’s amazing image reveal.

If Instagram is your go-to social then follow @ESAWebb where the new images will also appear. There’s a challenge for you to join there too, so check out our posts and stories this week.

Spotify Music Challenge
It’s the final countdown! When you think of Webb and his scientific goals, what songs come to mind? We invite you to add ours see further Spotify playlist that builds on songs about launch and deployment to cover everything about stars, planets, galaxies and beyond. Submit your ideas as answers to the appropriate ESA Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest posts or via ESA’s Instagram channel in our special Friday night ESA Quiz Story. The updated Spotify playlist will be unveiled on July 11th and announced on our main social channels.

Science with Webb: see further

About Webb

The Webb telescope lifted off at one Ariane 5 rocket from the European Spaceport in French Guiana on December 25, 2021 on its exciting mission to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Webb, a partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), aims to answer unanswered questions about the universe and make groundbreaking discoveries in all areas of astronomy. ESA’s main contributions to the mission are: the NIRSpec instrument; 50% of the MIRI instrument; the provision of launch services; and staff to support academic activities. In return for these contributions, European scientists receive a minimum 15% share of the total observing time, as with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.