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Title:
High-resolution imaging of the Pluto-Charon system with the Faint Object Camera of the Hubble Space Telescope
Authors:
Albrecht, R.; Barbieri, C.; Adorf, H.-M.; Corrain, G.; Gemmo, A.; Greenfield, P.; Hainaut, O.; Hook, R. N.; Tholen, D. J.; Blades, J. C.; Sparks, W. B.
Affiliation:
AA(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AB(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AC(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AD(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AE(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AF(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AG(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AH(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AI(University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, US), AJ(University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, US)
Publication:
Astrophysical Journal, Part 2 - Letters (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 435, no. 1, p. L75-L78 (ApJL Homepage)
Publication Date:
11/1994
Category:
Astronomy
Origin:
STI
NASA/STI Keywords:
Albedo, Astronomical Photometry, Charon, High Resolution, Image Processing, Limb Darkening, Pluto (Planet), Faint Object Camera, Hubble Space Telescope, Orbit Perturbation, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Radiation
DOI:
10.1086/187598
Bibliographic Code:
1994ApJ...435L..75A

Abstract

Images of the Pluto-Charon system were obtained with the Faint Object Camera (FOC) of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) after the refurbishment of the telescope. The images are of superb quality, allowing the determination of radii, fluxes, and albedos. Attempts were made to improve the resolution of the already diffraction limited images by image restoration. These yielded indications of surface albedo distributions qualitatively consistent with models derived from observations of Pluto-Charon mutual eclipses.

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