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Giant Planet Observations with the James Webb Space Telescope

By SpaceRef Editor
October 22, 2015
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James Norwood, Julianne Moses, Leigh N. Fletcher, Glenn Orton, Patrick G. J. Irwin, Sushil Atreya, Kathy Rages, Thibault Cavalié, Agustin Sánchez-Lavega, Ricardo Hueso, Nancy Chanover
(Submitted on 21 Oct 2015)

This white paper examines the benefit of the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope for studies of the Solar System’s four giant planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. JWST’s superior sensitivity, combined with high spatial and spectral resolution, will enable near- and mid-infrared imaging and spectroscopy of these objects with unprecedented quality. In this paper we discuss some of the myriad scientific investigations possible with JWST regarding the giant planets. This discussion is preceded by the specifics of JWST instrumentation most relevant to giant planet observations. We conclude with identification of desired pre-launch testing and operational aspects of JWST that would greatly benefit future studies of the giant planets.

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as: arXiv:1510.06205 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1510.06205v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: James Norwood
[v1] Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:54:38 GMT (406kb)

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