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ULTRAVIOLET ALBEDO OF THE MOON WITH THE HOPKINS ULTRAVIOLET TELESCOPE RICHARD C. HENRY,1
 

Summary: ULTRAVIOLET ALBEDO OF THE MOON WITH THE HOPKINS ULTRAVIOLET TELESCOPE
RICHARD C. HENRY,1
PAUL D. FELDMAN, JEFFREY W. KRUK, ARTHUR F. DAVIDSEN, AND SAMUEL T. DURRANCE
2
Center for Astrophysical Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Charles and 34th Streets, Baltimore, MD 21218-2695
Received 1995 July 24; accepted 1995 September 7
ABSTRACT
During the 1995 March flight of the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope, as part of the Astro-2 Space Shuttle
mission, we observed the Moon over the wavelength range 8201840 , with a resolution of 34 , finding the
ultraviolet albedo of the Moon to be 0.038 H 0.0038 at 1700 . We also find a gentle increase in the albedo
toward shorter wavelengths. Ultraviolet albedo measurements may represent a useful tool for selenographic
exploration.
Subject headings: Moon -- ultraviolet: solar system
1. INTRODUCTION
The final observation of the Astro-2 mission was an obser-
vation of the nearly full Moon. That the albedo of the Moon,
and particularly the albedo of the Moon in the ultraviolet, is a
subject of some importance has been emphasized by Wagner,
Hapke, & Wells (1987). They pointed out both the general
importance of reflectance spectroscopy for the remote sensing

  

Source: Henry, Richard C.- Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

 

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