Unfold the Universe is a limited time event which mainly focuses on the James Webb Space Telescope. Like the Tech Tree of Life, this one features generators that produce its main currency per second, Honeycomb Mirrors. The event officially started on February 26th, 2022 (12 pm) and lasted until March 3rd, 2022 (12 pm), but had several beta runs beforehand.
After completing the event, the James Webb Telescope will be added to the Space Garden in the Beyond tech tree.
Objectives & Rewards
Explore James Webb Telescope (9 Requirements)
- Collect Ground Telescope (25) (Reward: 1 Darwinium)
- Collect Naming (1) (Reward: 2 Darwinium)
- Collect Development (1) (Reward: Bronze Badge)
- Collect Galactic Birth (1) (Reward: 1 Darwinium)
- Collect Construction (1) (Reward: 2 Darwinium)
- Collect Launch (1) (Reward: Silver Badge)
- Collect Hexagonal Mirrors (1) (Reward: 2 Darwinium)
- Collect Sunshield Unfolding (1) (Reward: 5 Darwinium)
- Collect First Images (1) (Reward: Gold Badge, James Webb Telescope (for the Beyond))
Generators & In-Game Descriptions
The Unfold the Universe event features six generators which produce the currency for it.
|Icon||Name||First Cost||Base Production|
|James Webb Telescope||50,000||40|
|Launch||120.00 B||5.00 M|
"The earliest stargazers made their observations with nothing but the naked eye. Magnifying telescopes opened up whole new vistas—from simple handheld spyglasses to mountaintop observatories that can detect wavelengths invisible to humans."
"At its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope, named for astronomer Edwin Hubble, was the most powerful telescope ever built. Still in use today, it gave us some of our most iconic images of faraway galaxies and spectacular nebulas."
James Webb Telescope
"The Next Generation Space Telescope project gave birth to the James Webb Telescope, one of the most ambitious feats of astronomical engineering ever achieved. Improving on the foundations laid by Hubble, it introduced many significant innovations."
"It took 25 years to complete the James Webb Telescope, from its conception in 1996 to launch in 2021. Many new technologies needed to be invented along the way. An incredibly ambitious undertaking, it took vast amounts of money, labor, and time to get the job done."
"The James Webb Telescope is one of a kind. A host of innovations, like its infrared imaging and unique folding design, make it the most powerful telescope ever built."
"The James Webb Telescope's nail-biting launch from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana was only the start of its journey. After the drama of liftoff, Webb settled in for a long commute to its destination and the careful process of unfolding in preparation for work."
Look to the Stars
"We have always looked to the stars with wonder. Curiosity about the cosmos inspires astounding feats of human ingenuity and collaboration, as we strive to see farther and better than ever before."
Cost: 10 Honeycomb Mirrors
Ground Telescope Efficiency
Space Telescope (100% more efficient)
"Ground-based observatories have to contend with air and light pollution, satellites and orbital junk, and the atmosphere itself muddying the view. Rising above it all, telescopes in space get a much clearer picture."
Cost: 150 Honeycomb Mirrors
Origins (100% more efficient)
"In 1946, astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer made the first proposals for a telescope in space. He later collaborated with astronomer Nancy Grace Roman to develop the Hubble Space Telescope."
Cost: 700 Honeycomb Mirrors
Hubble Telescope Efficiency
Repair Mission (200% more efficient)
"A flaw in Hubble's main mirror meant it couldn't resolve images properly at launch. After three years of fuzzy photos, NASA sent a crew to perform delicate orbital repairs in 1993. Four other manned missions have since visited to service the telescope."
Cost: 3,000 Honeycomb Mirrors
Landmark Discoveries (50% more efficient)
"Hubble's observations have yielded many breakthroughs in astrophysics. They revealed new celestial bodies, located black holes at the centers of galaxies, and helped determine the age of the universe."
Cost: 15,000 Honeycomb Mirrors
Hubble's Successor (50% more efficient)
"As Hubble grew older, astronomers recognized the need for a newer, more high-tech successor. In 1996, The Next Generation Space Telescope project was conceived. It would be bigger, more powerful, and more advanced than its predecessor."
Cost: 30,000 Honeycomb Mirrors
Distance From Earth (1,000% more efficient)
"Unlike Hubble, Webb won't orbit Earth—instead, it will orbit the Sun, 1.5 million km from home. This meant the launch had to go exactly as planned, since repairs will be impossible once the telescope is in space."
Cost: 500,000 Honeycomb Mirrors
Size Comparison (400% more efficient)
"The Webb Telescope boasts a primary mirror over six times the size of Hubble's. Yet thanks to advances in materials science over the intervening decades, it comes in at only half the mass."
Cost: 7.00 M (million) Honeycomb Mirrors
James Webb Telescope Efficiency
James E. Webb (150% more efficient)
"James E. Webb was NASA's administrator from 1961–1968 and oversaw the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. He used his many political connections to successfully lobby for funding, resources, and support for the space program."
Cost: 130,000 Honeycomb Mirrors
Naming (150% more efficient)
"Originally known as the Next Generation Space Telescope, the project was renamed to honor James E. Webb in 2002. Webb's leadership helped establish scientific research and innovation as core goals of NASA."
Cost: 3.00 M Honeycomb Mirrors
Mission Objectives (200% more efficient)
"The Webb Telescope has a number of ambitious goals on its to-do list. It will peer into black holes, search for new exoplanets, and look back to the beginnings of the universe."
Cost: 30.00 M Honeycomb Mirrors
Mission Length (150% more efficient)
"Webb's mission is planned for at least five years, though it may be able to continue making observations for up to 10 years. It carries enough propellant to last 20 years in orbit, raising hopes for an active retirement."
Cost: 80.00 M Honeycomb Mirrors
Lavender Scare (200% more efficient)
"Concerns were raised implicating James Webb in the Lavender Scare, a discriminatory purging of LGBT# federal employees in the 1950s. When an investigation turned up no evidence of his direct involvement, NASA chose not to remove his name from the project."
Cost: 900.00 M Honeycomb Mirrors
International Collaboration (200% more efficient)
"The Webb Telescope wasn't created by NASA alone. The European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency both contributed funding, equipment, and launch facilities for the mission."
Cost: 10.00 B (billion) Honeycomb Mirrors
Budget (150% more efficient)
"Initially budgeted at $1 billion, Webb's final price tag was a whopping $9.7 billion. Rigorous testing requirements and the need to keep up with advancing technology ticked up the cost over time."
Cost: 15.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Ground Support (20,000% more efficient)
"Ground support for the Webb mission will be provided by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The lab will distribute data gathered by the telescope and accept observation proposals from all over the world."
Cost: 4.00 T (trillion) Honeycomb Mirrors
Black Holes (200% more efficient)
"Black holes are one of the great enigmas of the cosmos. The Webb Telescope will turn its gaze on the center of the Milky Way, where the enormous black hole Sagittarius A* lies. Astronomers hope that Webb's advanced imaging abilities can begin to reveal its secrets."
Cost: 300.00 M Honeycomb Mirrors
Galactic Birth (200% more efficient)
"Webb will study events from early in the universe's history, when the first galaxies took shape. Astronomers have warring theories about how this happened, and Webb's discoveries may finally put the debate to rest."
Cost: 3.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Funding (300% more efficient)
"Space missions have a history of going over budget. Costs are tough to predict for a unique, never-before-seen piece of equipment, and technological progress rarely comes cheap."
Cost: 20.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Seeking Exoplanets (50% more efficient)
"One of Webb's aims is to discover new planets outside our solar system, called exoplanets. These alien biomes can teach us about how planets form—and we might even find worlds that resemble our own."
Cost: 60.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Averted Cancellation (100% more efficient)
"The U.S. House of Representatives nearly canceled development on the project in 2011, but backtracked after an international outcry. They settled for capping the budget at $8.8 billion, which was promptly exceeded by nearly $2 billion."
Cost: 80.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Delayed Launch (100% more efficient)
"Webb's launch was delayed many times. Setbacks included a tear in the sunshield during a test launch, a significant redesign in 2005, and the COVID-19 pandemic."
Cost: 120.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Infrared Visibility (50% more efficient)
"The Webb Telescope doesn't use visible light—instead, it collects light at longer wavelengths in the infrared range. This lets it see objects dating back to the birth of the universe, 100× fainter than those observed by Hubble."
Cost: 70.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Micro Shutters (200% more efficient)
"The Webb Telescope has a much wider field of view than any of its predecessors. Instead of focusing on one thing at a time, a new micro-shutter technology developed just for Webb lets it observe hundreds of objects at once, without repositioning."
Cost: 90.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Dangerous Heat (100% more efficient)
"The Webb Telescope needs to be kept extremely cold, or its own heat would overwhelm the sensitive infrared detectors. A huge, kite-shaped shield blocks out the sun's rays and keeps the telescope at a chilly 50 degrees Kelvin."
Cost: 140.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Sunshield (100% more efficient)
"Webb's tennis court-sized sunshield is a critical part of its mission. Each of the shield's five layers is made from aluminum and silicon-coated polyamide film and is as thin as a human hair."
Cost: 600.00 B Honeycomb Mirrors
Hexagonal Mirrors (150% more efficient)
"Webb's impressive primary mirror spans 6.5 m in diameter. An array of 18 smaller hexagons made of gold-plated beryllium, it resembles a shiny golden honeycomb."
Cost: 1.00 T Honeycomb Mirrors
Christmas Launch (75% more efficient)
"The Webb Telescope was originally planned to launch in 2007, but successive delays postponed it until December 25, 2021. The much anticipated, high-stakes Christmas Day launch was ultimately a success: NASA described it as "flawless"."
Cost: 1.20 T Honeycomb Mirrors
Journey to L2 (100% more efficient)
"The James Webb Telescope will orbit 1.5 million km away from Earth, at Lagrange Point 2. Lagrange points are spots where the forces of gravity from two bodies, in this case the Earth and the Sun, are perfectly balanced. Here the telescope can hold steady relative to Earth."
Cost: 2.50 T Honeycomb Mirrors
Sunshield Unfolding (100% more efficient)
"It took 13 days for the Webb Telescope to unfurl completely, a complex dance with many steps. The unfolding of the sunshield was a particularly tense moment, as there were problems with this phase in testing. Fortunately, it went off without a hitch."
Cost: 9.00 T Honeycomb Mirrors
Mirrors Unfolding (100% more efficient)
"The Webb Telescope's mirror would have been too large to fit on any current launch vehicle in one piece, so its compact design uses smaller mirrors that unfold and fit together in space. Tiny mechanical motors shift minutely to perfectly focus each mirror segment."
Cost: 20.00 T Honeycomb Mirrors
Secondary Mirrors (100% more efficient)
"With the sunshield in place, the next step in Webb's deployment was unfolding the secondary mirror. This mirror, which sits behind the primary mirror, helps focus light and deliver a clearer image."
Cost: 40.00 T Honeycomb Mirrors
Primary Mirrors (150% more efficient)
"The gold mirrors of the Optical Telescope Element collect light from far-off stars and galaxies. The bigger the mirrors, the more light they reflect, and the more detail the telescope can observe—and Webb's 6.5-meter array is one of the largest ever."
Cost: 90.00 T Honeycomb Mirrors
Warm-Up Period (200% more efficient)
"After settling in position, Webb won't start taking pictures right away. It needs at least five months to cool down enough for the infrared imaging to fuction. In the meantime, testing and calibration will keep the telescope busy."
Cost: 300.00 T Honeycomb Mirrors
First Images (100% more efficient)
"Webb will send its first images back to earth six months after launch. NASA has selected a range of subjects to showcase the telescope's capabilities, but we don't yet know what wonders these inaugural snapshots will reveal."
Cost: 1.00 Qa (quadrillion) Honeycomb Mirrors
This event simulation holds some rewards already mentioned above. Three of those are the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Badges which have one effect on all other tech trees. Along the Gold Badge you will receive the James Webb Telescope which gets added to the Space Garden as well. All the Badges speed every simulation up by 1%, adding up to 2% when the Silver Badge is obtained, and lastly to 3% when the Gold Badge is achieved.
Former Effect: The Bronze Badge speeds all the other simulations up by 1%, while the Silver one does the same by 2% and the Gold one by 3%.
Bronze Badge (James Webb Space Telescope)
"The latest and greatest space telescope has the goal of photographing parts of the universe previously unseen by human beings."
Silver Badge (Christmas Launch)
"Heavily anticipated and anxiously awaited, the Christmas Day launch of the Webb Telescope went off without a hitch."
Gold Badge (Mirror Array)
"The Webb Telescope's most striking feature, this set of many gold-plated mirrors reflect the Sun's light and enable us to photograph new corners of the universe."
It was mentioned by the developers that this event will get reruns in the future.
- February 26th, 2022, 12:00 (EST) – March 3rd, 2022, 12:00 (EST) / February 26th, 2022, 18:00 (CEST) – March 3rd, 2022, 18:00 (CEST)
- May 24th, 2022, 12:00 (EST) – May 31st, 2022, 12:00 (EST) / May 24th, 2022, 18:00 (CEST) – May 31st, 2022, 18:00 (CEST)