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Giant Planet Observations with the James Webb Space Telescope
journal contributionposted on 2016-03-02, 09:58 authored by J. Norwood, J. Moses, Leigh Nicholas Fletcher, G. S. Orton, P. G. J. Irwin, S. Atreya, K. Rages, T. Cavalie, A. Sanchez-Lavega, R. Hueso, N. Chanover
This white paper examines the benefit of the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) 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.
CitationPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2016, 128, 018005 (8)
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Physics and Astronomy
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