The next generation orbiting telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, is not scheduled to be launched until 2018. However there is a lot of information useful for those that are simply curious, or for those teaching Earth and Space Sciences. The Webb Telescope will be used to study infrared radiation, heat energy, radiate by many objects yet invisible to our eyes without the use of optical devices like the infrared sensitive Webb Telescope.
To explain what this is all about the folks at STScI (Space Telescope Science Institute) have developed an entertaining and informative animated 8-minute video, “Beyond the Visible”. The video is available for either online viewing or for download.
A related video, and one of my favorites about Infrared is “Infrared: More Than Your Eyes Can See“ (hey Michelle!) that was produced by the Spitzer Space Telescope folks.
An offshoot of the Spitzer web site is the Cool Cosmos web site. This is the location for the video as well as many good resources for the classroom.
Here is an alternate link (on YouTube) for the video.
Click here to read the Press Release about the James Webb Space Telescope.