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James Webb Space Telescope Observations of Stellar Occultations by Solar System Bodies and RingsIn 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.
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Santos-Sanz, P. (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia Granada, Spain)
French, R. G. (Wellesley Coll. MA, United States)
Pinilla-Alonso, N. (Tennessee Univ. Knoxville, TN, United States)
Stansberry, J. (Space Telescope Science Inst. Baltimore, MD, United States)
Lin, Z-Y. (National Central Univ. Taoyuan, Taiwan, Province of China)
Zhang, Z-W. (Academia Sinica, Nankang Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China)
Vilenius, E. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Spektroskopie Goettingen, Germany)
Mueller, Th. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Extraterrestrische Physik Garching, Germany)
Ortiz, J. L. (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia Granada, Spain)
Braga-Ribas, F. (Universidade Federal do Parana Curitiba, Brazil)
Bosh, A. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Duffard, R. (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia Granada, Spain)
Lellouch, E. (Paris VI Univ. France)
Tancredi, G. (Universidad de la Republica Montevideo, Uruguay)
Young, Leslie (Southwest Research Inst. Boulder, CO, United States)
Milam, Stefanie N. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
March 17, 2017
Publication Date
January 4, 2016
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Publication: Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume: 128
Issue: 959
ISSN: 0004-6280
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