SPECTROPHOTOMETRY OF KUIPER BELT OBJECTS 20000 VARUNA, 2000 Eb173 AND CENTAUR 10199 CHARIKLO


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Abstract

Due to the distance, faintness, and very recent discovery of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) and Centaurs, very little is known about the physical characteristics of these basic building blocks of the solar system. New intermediate-band photometry observations of KBOs and Centaurs suggest that absorption bands exist in the visible portion of their spectra, which could offer insights into the surface composition of these objects.

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