Surface composition and radius of hyperion

Dale P. Chuikshank, R. Hamilton Brown

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New spectrophotometric data for Hyperion in the region 1.5-2.6 um obtained in 1981 confirm the presence of water ice bands reported by D.P. Cruikshank (1980, Icarus 41, 246-258). The bands are now shown with sufficient clarity to permit improved comparisons with other ice-bearing satellites of Jupiter and Saturn and with laboratory samples. Comparisons with Ganymede and Rhea are shown, and Hyperion is found to differ from both satellites in terms of depth and width of the water ice bands. The sense of the difference is the same as noted earlier from broadband infrared photometry, but the physical cause is not fully understood. The effective radius of Hyperion (considered circular in cross section) derived from a 20-um flux measurement and a revised value of V(1,0) = 4.62 is r = 140 ± 19 km. This result is in better accord with both preliminary and refined values of the radius derived from Voyager images; the Voyager result supercedes that deduced from infrared observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-87
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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