James Webb telescope launch: How to watch on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Roku, TV or phone

A rendering of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope shows the spacecraft fully deployed at its target location nearly a million miles away from Earth.
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Godspeed! The world’s most powerful space telescope is about to head to space.

For decades, scientists have anticipated the launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. On Christmas Day 2021, it's finally launching.

What will we see? According to NASA, "we don’t yet know what the James Webb Space Telescope will uncover. Will we get answers? Will we have more questions?" Only time will tell.

As of Dec. 23, the launch is set for 7:20 a.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 25, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

In case you need a refresher, here are links from FLORIDA TODAY's Space Team and beyond to help you brush up on the James Webb telescope:

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And now ... here's how to watch the launch on different platforms.

In case of a scrub, check back for updates on this story.

How to watch James Webb telescope launch on YouTube

When and where: 6 a.m. EST Dec. 25 on NASA's YouTube channel

Livestream description: "This mission is set to lift off aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. With revolutionary technology, Webb will observe a part of space and time never seen before, providing a wealth of amazing views into an era when the very first stars and galaxies formed — over 13.5 billion years ago. It can explore our own solar system’s residents with exquisite new detail and study the atmospheres of distant worlds. From new forming stars to devouring black holes, Webb will reveal all this and more. It’s the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope ever built. Webb is an international collaboration between NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and CSA (Canadian Space Agency). Thousands of engineers and hundreds of scientists worked to make Webb a reality, along with over 300 universities, organizations, and companies from 29 U.S. states and 14 countries."

How to watch James Webb telescope launch on Twitter

When and where: 6 a.m. EST Dec. 25 on Twitter

More info: Twitter is all in with space coverage. Ahead of the James Webb Space Telescope launch, NASA is posting a series of videos about the mission. When it's closer to the launch window, Twitter will provide live coverage on NASA's handle @NASA. You also can check out @NASAWebb. For those who want to tweet during the launch coverage, use the hashtag #UnfoldTheUniverse. Why that hashtag? According to NASA: "Before the James Webb Space Telescope can #UnfoldTheUniverse, it has to literally unfold." (More details on the science and social media channels below.)

How to watch James Webb telescope launch on Facebook

When and where: 6 a.m. EST Dec. 25 on NASA's Facebook page

Livestream description: "Ready to #UnfoldTheUniverse? The greatest origin story of all unfurls with the James Webb Space Telescope — the most powerful space telescope ever made. Join our virtual global social event to get a behind-the-scenes look at the mission, learn more about the rocket launching Webb and watch the launch live."

Click here for a link to the Facebook livestream event.

How to watch James Webb telescope launch from Roku, Amazon Fire

If you want to watch the launch on your big screen TV, tablet or computer and you have a Roku or Amazon Fire, this is how you do it.

For viewers who have a Roku box or Amazon Fire TV Stick, select the YouTube app, search for the NASA channel and click on the James Webb Space Telescope mission video. At 6 a.m. Dec. 25, YouTube will provide live coverage on the NASA channel.

How to watch James Webb telescope launch on TV, even if you don't have cable

If you have cable or an antenna for those who don't have cable, you can tune in to the NASA channel, a public access channel, on your TV. Check your TV channel guide for NASA TV. The NASA channel also is available via computer, tablet or phone.

NASA TV will air previous James Webb telescope coverage at 12 a.m. EST Dec. 25. Click here for a link to the James Webb telescope TV schedule.

From 3 to 9:30 a.m., NASA TV will broadcast live James Webb coverage, from the launch at 7:20 a.m. to a briefing afterward. Note, if you click on this link, you can access NASA TV from your computer, laptop, tablet or phone.

For a schedule of NASA TV programs, visit nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public.

Watch and engage on social media

Stay connected with the mission on social using the hashtag #UnfoldTheUniverse. Follow and tag these accounts:

Twitter handles and hashtags

@NASA

@ariane5

#UnfoldTheUniverse

#JamesWebbTelescope

Facebook pages

• NASA

James Webb Space Telescope

Instagram

@NASA

For more NASA social media platforms, visit nasa.gov/socialmedia.

Helpful links, more info on James Webb telescope

jwst.nasa.gov

NASA blog: blogs.nasa.gov/webb

nasa.gov/webb

go.nasa.gov/webbdeployment

• FLORIDA TODAY Space Team: floridatoday.com/space

Sangalang is a digital producer and social media champ for USA TODAY Network-Florida. Follow Sangalang on Twitter at @byjensangalang, Instagram at @byjensangalang, Facebook and YouTube.

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