Albedo maps of Pluto and Charon: Initial mutual event results.

M. W. Buie, D. J. Tholen, and K. Horne. Icarus 97, 211-227 (1992). .


By applying the technique of maximum entropy image reconstruction to invert observed lightcurves, surface maps of single-scattering albedo are obtained for the surfaces of Pluto and Charon from 1954 to 1986. The albedo features of the surface of Pluto are similar to those of the Buie and Tholen (1989) spot model maps; a south polar cap is evident. The map of Charon is somewhat darker, with single-scattering albedos as low as 0.03.

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