The two most powerful optical/IR telescopes in history — NASA’s Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes — will be in space at the same time.

We have a unique opportunity to leverage the 1.5 million kilometer separation between the two telescopic nodal points to obtain simultaneously captured stereoscopic images of asteroids, comets, moons and planets in our Solar System. Given the recent resurgence in stereo-3D movies and the recent emergence of VR-enabled mobile devices, these stereoscopic images provide a unique opportunity to engage the public with unprecedented views of various Solar System objects.

Here, we present 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, and we present a handful of examples.

Cameras a Million Miles Apart: Stereoscopic Imaging Potential with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes

Joel D. Green, Johannes Burge, John A. Stansberry, Bonnie Meinke
(Submitted on 13 Oct 2016)

Comments: 9 pages, 3 figures
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Cite as: arXiv:1610.07483 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1610.07483v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Joel Green [view email]
[v1] Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:50:49 GMT (2140kb)