Observing near-earth objects with the james webb space telescope

Cristina A. Thomas, Paul Abell, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Nicholas Moskovitz, Michael Mueller, Vishnu Reddy, Andrew Rivkin, Erin Ryan, John Stansberry

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Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has the potential to enhance our understanding of near-Earth objects (NEOs). We present results of investigations into the observability of NEOs given the nominal observing requirements of JWST on elongation (85°–135°) and non-sidereal rates (<30 mas s−1). We find that approximately 75% of NEOs can be observed in a given year. However, observers will need to wait for appropriate observing windows. We find that JWST can easily execute photometric observations of meter-sized NEOs that will enhance our understanding of the small NEO population.

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
  • Telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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