Physical characterization of TNOs with the James Webb Space Telescope

Alex Parker, Noemi Pinilla-Alonso, Pablo Santos-Sanz, John Stansberry, Alvaro Alvarez-Candal, Michele Bannister, Susan Benecchi, Jason Cook, Wesley Fraser, Will Grundy, Aurelie Guilbert, Bill Merline, Arielle Moullet, Michael Mueller, Cathy Olkin, Darin Ragozzine

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Studies of the physical properties of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) are a powerful probe into the processes of planetesimal formation and solar system evolution. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will provide unique new capabilities for such studies. Here, we outline where the capabilities of JWST open new avenues of investigation, potentially valuable observations and surveys, and conclude with a discussion of community actions that may serve to enhance the eventual science return of JWST's TNO observations.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number959
Publication statusPublished - 04 Jan 2016


  • Composition
  • General
  • Kuiper belt
  • Planets and satellites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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