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NASA Selects TLU's Family Physics Night as Part of Webb Space Telescope Launch

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has selected TLU's Department of Physics annual Family Physics Night to be an official host as part of the Webb Space Telescope Community Events initiative.

A longstanding community event in Seguin, Family Physics Night inspires scientists of all ages to learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. On November 4, 2021, the Department of Physics will once again host the event navigating the theme, "Exploring With Physics."

According to Physics Department Chair Dr. Toni Sauncy, she and her colleagues are working to secure a NASA speaker for the TLU SPS Distinguished Public Lecture in Physics, as well hands-on activities, with several outdoor activities including telescopes for planetary viewing. Dr. Sauncy is also excited to offer bilingual materials in Spanish from NASA to expand the event's impact locally.

The date is THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4, TLU SPS Distinguished Public Lecture in Physics at 5:30 pm and Hands on activities at 6:30 pm

According to, the James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. Launching from French Guiana in fall of 2021, NASA and its international partners want to help you celebrate this generational moment in our common exploration of the wider universe, through in-person or virtual events. NASA can support museums, science centers, planetariums, public libraries, nature centers, visitor’s centers, zoos, art galleries, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations that communicate or wish to communicate science to the public.

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An orbiting infrared observatory that will complement and extend the legacy of earlier space-based telescopes to push the boundaries of human knowledge even further the Webb Telescope will also examine the formation of the first galaxies and the horizons of other worlds.

Scheduled to launch in fall 2021, NASA will provide support to communities everywhere to help the public join in celebrating this generational event. Webb’s launch and commissioning, culminating in the release of fabulous new images in Summer 2022, represents a unique opportunity to engage the community through some of humanity’s biggest questions: How does the universe work? How did we get here? Are we alone?

Since Webb will be the premier observatory of the next decade and study every phase in the history of our universe, NASA's goal is that with the help of community events, like Family Physics Night, Webb’s launch and commissioning will captivate and inspire a new generation of space science enthusiasts, reaching a broader, more diverse audience than ever before.