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albedo

Edited by Stephen O'Meara and E. Julius Dasch

in A Dictionary of Space Exploration

Third edition


Published online July 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191842764

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The fraction of the incoming light reflected by a body such as a planet. A body with a high albedo (near 1) is very bright, while a body with a low albedo (near 0) is dark. The Moon has an average albedo of 0.12, Venus 0.76, and Earth 0.37....

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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