James Webb Space Telescope – The Images

Credit: ESA

James Webb Space Telescope

The Images

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope images, available through the Space Science Telescope Institute (STScI), are awe-inspiring glimpses into our observable universe. Scriptural references in the exhibit room also highlight the hand of a loving God in the creation of the cosmos, inviting spiritual contemplation and learning that gives our secular learning purpose. The reverent environment is designed to be welcoming and uplifting for people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds.

Prepare for this wonderful experience by listening to or reading the 5-minute introductory presentations by Dr. Denise Stephens of Brigham Young University and Dr. Jason Steffen of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They speak on the exhibit themes of Filters and Perspective, which are professionally narrated by J. Spencer Kinard (former voice of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square).

Select the button below to view a transcript of the filters audio. 

Select the button below to view a transcript of the perspective audio. 

Pillars of Creation

“When we understand the character of God, and know how to come to Him, he begins to unfold the heavens to us, and to tell us all about it. When we are ready to come to him, he is ready to come to us.”

Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 6:308

Face-On Spiral Galaxy

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

Genesis 1: 1, 31

Rho Ophiuchi

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”

John 1:1-3

Herbig-Haro 46_47

“Thus I, Abraham, talked with the Lord, face to face, as one man talketh with another…. And he put his hand upon mine eyes, and I saw those things which his hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof….”

Abraham 3:11-12

Cassiopeia A

“He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.”

Doctrine & Covenants 88:41

Crab Nebula

“The light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space —”

Doctrine & Covenants 88:11-12 

"Cosmic Cliffs" in the Carina Nebula

“Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power.”

Doctrine and Covenants 88:47

L1527 and Protostar

“And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words. For behold, this is my work and my glory — to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”

Moses 1:38-39

Webb Deep Field

“And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten… but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.”

Moses 1:33, 35

Ring Nebula

“The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.”

Doctrine & Covenants 88:13 

Tarantula Nebula

“And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning.”

Helaman 14:12

Jupiter (NIRCam Image)

“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth…. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.”

Psalms 33:6, 9

Uranus Wide (NIRCam Image)

“The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.”

Alma 30:44

Horsehead Nebula (Euclid, Hubble and Webb images)

“And, behold, thou art my son; wherefore look, and I will show thee the workmanship of mine hands; but not all, for my works are without end, and also my words, for they never cease.”

Moses 1:4

Horsehead Nebula (NIRCam Image)

“And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations….”

Moses 7:30

Sagittarius C

“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.” 

Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24

Learn More About the Exhibit's Music

Tabernacle Choir at
Temple Square

With their incomparable voices and their shared faith in God, the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is a significant presence in the world of music, giving service through song. The choir is dedicated to the universal language of music that has the power to bring joy, peace, and healing to its listeners. This unique music organization transcends cultural and generational boundaries and brings together people from around the world through stirring music.