Albedo and atmospheric constraints of dwarf planet Makemake from a stellar occultation

@article{Ortiz2012AlbedoAA,
  title={Albedo and atmospheric constraints of dwarf planet Makemake from a stellar occultation},
  author={J. Ortiz and B. Sicardy and F. Braga-Ribas and A. Alvarez-Candal and E. Lellouch and R. Duffard and N. Pinilla-Alonso and V. Ivanov and S. Littlefair and J. Camargo and M. Assafin and E. Unda-Sanzana and E. Jehin and N. Morales and G. Tancredi and R. Gil-Hutton and I. Cueva and J. P. Colque and D. D. S. Neto and J. Manfroid and A. Thirouin and P. Gutierrez and J. Lecacheux and M. Gillon and A. Maury and F. Colas and J. Licandro and T. Mueller and C. Jacques and D. Weaver and A. Milone and R. Salvo and S. Bruzzone and F. Organero and R. Behrend and S. Roland and R. Vieira-Martins and T. Widemann and F. Roques and P. Santos-Sanz and D. Hestroffer and V. Dhillon and T. Marsh and C. Harlingten and A. C. Bagat{\'i}n and M. L. Alonso and M. Ortiz and C. Colazo and H. F. Lima and A. S. Oliveira and L. Kerber and R. Smiljanic and E. Pimentel and B. Giacchini and P. Cacella and M. Emilio},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={491},
  pages={566-569}
}
Pluto and Eris are icy dwarf planets with nearly identical sizes, comparable densities and similar surface compositions as revealed by spectroscopic studies. Pluto possesses an atmosphere whereas Eris does not; the difference probably arises from their differing distances from the Sun, and explains their different albedos. Makemake is another icy dwarf planet with a spectrum similar to Eris and Pluto, and is currently at a distance to the Sun intermediate between the two. Although Makemake’s… Expand
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