At The Hamptons Observatory: August 2022

Images of Our Universe: The James Webb Space Telescope

William Francis Taylor

DATE: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
SPEAKER: William Francis Taylor, NASA Solar System Ambassador
CO-HOST: South Fork Natural History Museum

Hamptons Observatory is an official host site for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). We have partnered with the South Fork Natural History Museum to help celebrate this amazing feat of science and engineering.

The Carina Nebula: One of the First Photos Taken by the JWST

JWST 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, successfully launched on December 25, 2021. Webb was designed to provide a new view of the cosmos and push the field of astronomy into a new era. The telescope will observe the universe in the infrared, peering inside dust clouds to study light from distant parts of the universe for the very first time – the first galaxies that formed about 13.5 billion years ago – and give us insight into how our universe formed. It will also explore distant worlds in other solar systems, as well as objects in our own solar system. Webb will extend the scientific discoveries of other NASA missions like the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

People of all ages and backgrounds will find inspiration in the Webb mission, which will fundamentally change our understanding of the universe for this generation and many to come.

In this free, virtual lecture, Hamptons Observatory Senior Educator, William Francis Taylor, will show and discuss the amazing images taken by the JWST. William has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2014, lecturing about the universe around us and sharing his love of the heavens by giving guided tours of the sky through telescopes. He is a life-long East End resident.

Hamptons Observatory would like to thank William Francis Taylor for generously taking the time to share his expertise, and SoFo for its kind collaboration.

While this is a free lecture, donations are appreciated to help support our programs.


Hamptons Observatory (HO), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit that relies on public support, has served the community since 2005. Its mission: to foster interest in science, particularly astronomy, through educational programs. Lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows and other events are held, often in collaboration with other organizations. HO has established the first astronomical observatory on the South Fork (in East Hampton), complete with Long Island’s largest research-grade telescope; these facilities will soon be accessible over the internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Hamptons Observatory offers all of its programs free-of-charge so that everyone can learn about and enjoy the universe around them. For further information visit To join their list for event notices, email: Donations are greatly appreciated.