Gateway Science Museum

2022 Astronomy Series

black starry sky with the text A Gateway to the Stars, astronomy series. Family friendly educational evenings all about space.

This year Gateway Science Museum will be hosting A Gateway to the Stars, a four-night astronomy series, in partnership with NASA's Webb Science Telescope Community Events and local Chico State scientists. 

This is a family-friendly FREE event, all ages are welcome!

Specific start times and topics to be announced. All dates are Saturday evenings.

  • August 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • September 3 - 7 p.m.
  • October 1 - 7 p.m.
  • November 12 - 7 p.m.

In collaboration with:

Dr. Kendall Hall: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics  
Dr. Kevin McLin: Lecturer, Department of Science Education, Department of Physics

The events will take place on-site at Gateway Science Museum. We hope to see you there! 

Illustration of Webb Telescope: it has hexagonal gold mirrors and large gray sunshield underneath. Background is black starry sky 

Gateway Science Museum is a participating member of NASA's James Webb Telescope First Images Community. 

History has been made!

The James Webb Telescope has released its first images of the cosmos. These pictures are the result of 30 years of scientific research, international collaboration, and engineering perfection. The Webb is an infrared telescope, which means it looks at light invisible to the human eye. This tells us if something is hot or cold, an important measurement in interstellar photography. Using this, the Webb will completely change how we see the universe. 

For more information, please refer to NASA's website.

Check out the first images released from the James Webb Telescope!

Stephan's Quintet

A cluster of five swirling galaxies all in white, pink, purple and orange against a black starry sky

This is highest resolution photo of Stephan’s Quintet ever taken. Here we can see five galaxies in a tight grouping. One of the galaxies, NGC 7318B is smashing through the others creating shockwaves throughout the image.

Carina Nebula

A large wall of orange star material in space, the sky above is blue against the black sky

This section of the Carina Nebula is known as the Cosmic Cliffs. For the first time, we can see the early stages of the creation of a new star! This area is so large that it is 7 light years tall.

Deep Field

Deep space, black background with a combination of brightly colored stars shining through

This is the furthest infrared photo that humanity has ever taken of the distant universe. This galaxy cluster appears as it would have 4.6 billion years ago due to the light traveling such a vast distance. The furthest image in the background of this photo is 13.1 billion light years away. The stretched-out galaxies are the result of light being bent due to the gravity