NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

JWST and HST could work together to obtain 3D images of planets

News Feature November 4, 2016

Hubble’s view of Saturn as seen by left eye, right eye, and left eye. Viewers who see 3D by crossing their eyes can use the rightmost pair to see the effect; the leftmost pair works with a stereoscope. But because the images are not taken simultaneously, a “shimmering” effect will appear.

Working together, HST and JWST can create stereoscopic 3D images of Solar System objects by observing with both observatories simultaneously in any common wavelength band. In a white paper posted to arXiv, Green et al. present a unique opportunity to engage the public with unprecedented views of various Solar System objects, and sketch out the technical requirements for acquiring stereoscopic images of Solar System objects, given the constraints of the telescopic equipment and the orbits of the target objects.  Feedback and potential science cases from the Solar System and other communities using this technique are encouraged. You can also check out the story over at New Scientist.

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