Worlds Without Number

God's Infinite Creation

With super-sized high-resolution print images from the James Webb Space Telescope, enjoy a serene and reverent atmosphere for quiet reflection on the beauty and majesty of the cosmos and its Creator.

We express sincere appreciation to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), European Space Agency (ESA), and other institutions and individuals whose educational and inspirational astronomy images and presentations are in the public domain or available for use by written permission.

Use of these images as part of this exhibit is not an endorsement by NASA, any other government agency, or third-party contributors of the oral, written, or visual material presented in the Visitors’ Center.

Webb is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center managed the development effort. The main industrial partner is Northrop Grumman; the Space Telescope Science Institute operates Webb after launch.

Exhibit Information

June 1 to October 31, 2024

Visitors’ Center Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

9900 Stoneybrook Dr, Kensington, MD 20895

Select HERE to get directions.

Welcome to Worlds Without Number: God’s Infinite Creation, a one-of-a-kind exhibit experience in the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center highlighting the wonders of space and God’s hand in the creation of the cosmos.

This is an exhibit for people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds. It invites both religious and scientific discovery and, through music and the spoken word, inspires the spiritual learning that gives our secular learning purpose. It offers solace and hope in a loving God and Creator through remarkable images of the heavens and an opportunity to experience reverential respect and wonder regarding the creation and purpose of life.

This wonderful exhibit is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

We express sincere appreciation to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), European Space Agency (ESA), and other institutions and individuals whose educational and inspirational astronomy images and presentations are in the public domain or available for use by written permission.

Use of these images as part of this exhibit is not an endorsement by NASA, any other government agency, or third-party contributors of the oral,
written, or visual material presented in the Visitors’ Center.

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Exhibit Sections

Auditorium: “You Matter to Him”

On the big screen enjoy a combination of astronomy images and 3D renderings, professional musical performances and narration of remarks by an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The video, repeated on the half-hour, provides an “awe and wonder” introduction to the cosmos and purpose of our creation.  Marvel at the beauty of the observable universe and ponder the possibilities.

Exhibit Room One: James Webb Space Telescope - The Instrument

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is an engineering marvel, greatly expanding our understanding of the observable universe. Learn more about this instrument and its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, and how each convey important data to scientists and observers. Listen to a professional astronomer introduce the history of telescopes and light gathering, and the importance of “Discovery” as it applies to science and our own personal development. 

Exhibit Room Two: James Webb Space Telescope - The Images

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope images, available through the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), are the focal point of the Worlds Without Number: God’s Infinite Creation exhibit. These recent images reveal exciting new vistas and discoveries that advance scientific research at a remarkable pace. Listen to professional astronomers introduce the Webb images using the exhibit themes of “Filters” and “Perspective.” Grow your understanding of the infinite with scientific insight.

Fireside Devotionals

Come and participate as professional scientists and educators speak during monthly firesides at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center. Presentation themes include “Discovery,” “Filters” and “Perspective,” with insights into the latest advanced technology and astronomical findings in addition to how science and religion complement one another. Q&A to follow. A fireside designed especially for youth and their parents introducing NASA STEM education and opportunities will also be presented.

Astrophotography Submissions

Want the opportunity to possibly display your astrophotography skills as part of the Worlds Without Number: God’s Infinite Creation exhibit? Submit images for consideration by selecting the button below. Each photographer may submit up to three images (and a fourth bonus image specific to the 2024 solar eclipse). Images will be shown as part of a slideshow on a large screen monitor.

Credits and References

Want to quickly find your favorite image, song or text from the Worlds Without Number: God’s Infinite Creation exhibit, or learn who was involved with the project? This is the place. We’ve listed the components of the exhibit in chronological order and provided links where applicable for detailed information. Check back as additional contributions to the project take place over the exhibit period, June 1 – October 31, 2024.

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