OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY OF THE LARGE KUIPER BELT OBJECTS 136472 (2005 FY9) AND 136108 (2003 EL61)

@article{Tegler2007OPTICALSO,
  title={OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY OF THE LARGE KUIPER BELT OBJECTS 136472 (2005 FY9) AND 136108 (2003 EL61)},
  author={S. Tegler and W. Grundy and W. Romanishin and G. Consolmagno and K. Mogren and F. Vilas},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2007},
  volume={133},
  pages={526-530}
}
We present high signal precision optical reflectance spectra of the large Kuiper Belt objects 2005 FY9 and 2003 EL61. The spectrum of 2005 FY9 exhibits strong CH4 ice bands. A comparison between the spectrum and a Hapke model indicates that the CH4 bands are shifted 3.25 ± 2.25 A relative to pure CH4 ice, suggesting the presence of another ice component on the surface of 2005 FY9, possibly N2 ice, CO ice, or Ar. The spectrum of 2003 EL61 is remarkably featureless. There is a hint of an O2 ice… Expand
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