Surface appearance of Pluto and Charon.

M. W. Buie, E. F. Young, and R. P. Binzel. In Pluto and Charon (D. J. Tholen and S. A. Stern, eds.) UA Press, Tucson, AZ (1997) .


Though small in size, much work has revealed at least crude glimpses of the surface of Pluto, and to a lesser degree the surface of Charon. The surface of Pluto is seen to be highly varieagated and is quite likely a dynamic surface, despite its extreme distance from the Sun and extremely cold surface temperature. We review and discuss the observations and techniques used to create surface albedo maps, compare different map solutions, and discuss their implications.

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