Size and albedo of Kuiper belt object 55636 from a stellar occultation

@article{Elliot2010SizeAA,
  title={Size and albedo of Kuiper belt object 55636 from a stellar occultation},
  author={James L. Elliot and Michael J. Person and Carlos A. Zuluaga and Amanda S. Bosh and Elisabeth R. Adams and T. C. Brothers and Amanda A. S. Gulbis and Stephen E. Levine and Matthew Lockhart and Amanda M. Zangari and Bryce A. Babcock and K. DuPr{\'e} and Jay M. Pasachoff and Steven P. Souza and Wayne E. Rosing and Nathan J. Secrest and L. P. Bright and Edward Wood Dunham and Scott S. Sheppard and M. Kakkala and Trudy M. Tilleman and B. Berger and John W. Briggs and G. Jacobson and Paul A. Valleli and B. Volz and Sharon Rapoport and Robert Vander Hart and Melissa J. Brucker and Ra{\'u}l Michel and Andrew Mattingly and Luisa Fernanda Zambrano-Marin and Allan W. Meyer and J{\"u}rgen Wolf and Eileen V. Ryan and William Howard Ryan and Katie M. Morzinski and Bryant J. Grigsby and Joseph Brimacombe and Darin Ragozzine and Helena Guglielmi Montano and Alan C. Gilmore},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2010},
  volume={465},
  pages={897-900}
}
The Kuiper belt is a collection of small bodies (Kuiper belt objects, KBOs) that lie beyond the orbit of Neptune and which are believed to have formed contemporaneously with the planets. Their small size and great distance make them difficult to study. KBO 55636 (2002 TX300) is a member of the water-ice-rich Haumea KBO collisional family. The Haumea family are among the most highly reflective objects in the Solar System. Dynamical calculations indicate that the collision that created KBO 55636… 

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