Grand Rapids Public Museum to showcase space telescope

The James Webb Telescope is expected to launch on Dec. 18. Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum will present another installment of its Backyard Stargazing virtual program at 6 p.m. Oct. 21.

Viewers will learn about the James Webb Space Telescope, which has a 6.5-meter-wide mirror with a honeycomb-like pattern of 18 gold-coated mirror segments. The hexagonal segments will unfold in space to form the largest space telescope. The telescope is expected to officially launch on Dec. 18.

“We’re excited to continue expanding on the space and science curriculum we present for our virtual Backyard Stargazing programs,” said Jack Daleske, the GRPM’s planetarium manager. “Our planetarium team is so excited about this historic mission, and we want to share as much information as possible leading up to the launch, while providing viewers with the tools they need to continue expanding their curiosity about this topic.”

The Backyard Stargazing programs are $2 for GRPM members and $4 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at There is limited capacity.

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