Methane, ammonia, and their irradiation products at the surface of an intermediate-size KBO? A portrait of Plutino (90482) Orcus

@article{Delsanti2010MethaneAA,
  title={Methane, ammonia, and their irradiation products at the surface of an intermediate-size KBO? A portrait of Plutino (90482) Orcus},
  author={Audrey C. Delsanti and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Merlin and Aurelie Guilbert and James M. Bauer and Bin Yang and Karen J. Meech},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2010},
  volume={520}
}
Orcus is an intermediate-size 1000 km-scale Kuiper belt object (KBO) in 3:2 mean-motion resonance with Neptune, in an orbit very similar to that of Pluto. It has a water-ice dominated surface with solar-like visible colors. We present visible and near-infrared photometry and spectroscopy obtained with the Keck 10 m-telescope (optical) and the Gemini 8 m-telescope (near-infrared). We confirm the unambiguous detection of crystalline water ice as well as absorption in the 2.2 μm region. These… Expand
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