KBO 55636

KBO 55636
Credit: Dick Steinberg (Drexel U)

Taking advantage of the first sufficiently accurate prediction of its path for a stellar occultation, the three sites arranged by us in Hawaii for the 2009 occultation by Kuiper belt object 55636 provided the three graphs in our Nature article that determined its size (143 km) and therefore its reflectivity (albedo), about 90%, making it one of the most reflective objects in the solar system and showing that it is covered in ice.

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