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 reflection on the beauty and majesty of the cosmos and its Creator.

Prepare for your visit by listening to the following audio presentations highlighting the exhibit themes of Discovery, Filters and Perspective.

The specially produced video “You Matter to Him” on the 500-seat auditorium’s large screen opens the exhibit.

View the video trailer below.

Exhibit Information

June 1 to October 31, 2024

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

9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington MD 20895

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Welcome to Worlds Without Number: God’s Infinite Creation, a one-of-a-kind exhibit experience in the Washington DC 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 awe regarding the creation and purpose of life.

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

Exhibit Sections

Auditorium: You Matter to Him

On the big screen enjoy a 10-minute video with 3D renderings, professional musical performances and excerpts 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. Ponder and discover the possibilities.

Theater 1: James Webb Space Telescope - The Instrument

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an engineering marvel, greatly expanding our understanding of the universe. Learn more about this instrument and its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and how each convey important data to scientists and observers. Listen to a physics and astronomy professor introduce the history of telescopes and light gathering, and the importance of Discovery as it applies to science and religion.

Theater 2: James Webb Space Telescope - The Images

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope images, available through the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), are the visual 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 exhibit themes of Filters and Perspective. Grow your understanding of the infinite and eternal.

Fireside Devotionals

Come and participate as professional scientists and educators speak at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center. Gain insights into technological advancements 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 will also be presented.

Astrophotography Submissions

Astro-photography Submissions

Want the opportunity to 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 continually updated, repeating slideshow produced and managed by the astronomy and physics students of Southern Virginia University (SVU).

Credits and References

Want to quickly find your favorite image, song or text from the exhibit, or learn who was involved with the project? This is the place. We’ve listed the components and individuals, and provided links where applicable for additional information. Check back as updates and additions to the project take place over the exhibit period, June 1 – October 31, 2024.

We express sincere appreciation to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), the European Space Agency (ESA), and other institutions and individuals whose 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.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) 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.

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