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Title: The albedo dichotomy of Iapetus measured at UV wavelengths
Authors: Hendrix, Amanda R.
Hansen, Candice J.
Keywords: Ices
UV spectroscopy
Ultraviolet observations
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2007
Publisher: Elsevier Inc
Citation: Icarus 193 (2008) 344–351 doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.07.025
Abstract: The dramatic hemispheric dichotomy in albedo displayed by Saturn’s moon Iapetus has intrigued astronomers for centuries. Here we report on far-ultraviolet observations of Iapetus’ bright and dark terrains from Cassini. We compare the reflectance spectra of Iapetus’s dark terrain, Hyperion and Phoebe and find that both Phoebe and Hyperion are richer in water ice than Iapetus’ dark terrain. Spectra of the lowest latitudes of the dark terrain display the diagnostic water ice absorption feature; water ice amounts increase within the dark material away from the apex (at 90◦ W longitude, the center of the dark leading hemisphere), consistent with thermal segregation of water ice. The water ice in the darkest, warmest low latitude regions is not expected to be stable and may be a sign of ongoing or recent emplacement of the dark material from an exogenic source.
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