Asteroids and the James Webb Space Telescope
- Published Article
- Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
- IOP Publishing
- Publication Date
- Jan 04, 2016
- SETI Institute
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.