Bond albedo

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George Phillips Bond (1825—1865)


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The fraction of the total light or other radiation falling on a non-luminous spherical body that is reflected from the body in all directions; also called spherical albedo. It is calculated over all wavelengths and its value therefore depends on the spectrum of the incident radiation. The Bond albedo determines the energy balance of a body such as a planet. It is named after G. P. Bond.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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