Asteroids and the james webb space telescope

The JWST Asteroids Focus Group

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Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) provides the opportunity for ground-breaking observations of asteroids. It covers wavelength regions that are unavailable from the ground and does so with unprecedented sensitivity. The main belt and Trojan asteroids are all observable at some point in the JWST lifetime. We present an overview of the capabilities for JWST and how they apply to the asteroids as well as some short science cases that take advantage of these capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume128
Issue number959
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asteroids: general
  • Minor planets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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