IRRADIATION PRODUCTS ON DWARF PLANET MAKEMAKE

@article{Brown2015IRRADIATIONPO,
  title={IRRADIATION PRODUCTS ON DWARF PLANET MAKEMAKE},
  author={Michael E. Brown and Emily L. Schaller and Geoffrey A. Blake},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={149},
  pages={105}
}
The dark, reddish tinged surfaces of icy bodies in the outer solar system are usually attributed to the long term irradiation of simple hydrocarbons leading to the breaking of C–H bonds, loss of hydrogen, and the production of long carbon chains. While the simple hydrocarbon methane is stable and detected on the most massive bodies in the Kuiper Belt, evidence of active irradiation chemistry is scant except for the presence of ethane on methane-rich Makemake and the possible detections of… 

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