James Webb Space Telescope observations of stellar occultations by solar system bodies and rings

JWST “Occultations” Focus Group

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the opportunities provided by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) for significant scientific advances in the study of Solar System bodies and rings using stellar occultations. The strengths and weaknesses of the stellar occultation technique are evaluated in light of JWST's unique capabilities. We identify several possible JWST occultation events by minor bodies and rings and evaluate their potential scientific value. These predictions depend critically on accurate a priori knowledge of the orbit of JWST near the Sun–Earth Lagrange point 2 (L2). We also explore the possibility of serendipitous stellar occultations by very small minor bodies as a byproduct of other JWST observing programs. Finally, to optimize the potential scientific return of stellar occultation observations, we identify several characteristics of JWST's orbit and instrumentation that should be taken into account during JWST's development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume128
Issue number959
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2016

Keywords

  • General
  • Kuiper belt
  • Methods
  • Observational
  • Occultations
  • Photometric
  • Planets and satellites
  • Rings
  • Techniques
  • Telescopes

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