albedo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n albedo the ratio of reflected to incident light
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Albedo (Astron) Whiteness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n albedo Whiteness; specifically, the proportion of light falling on a surface and irregularly reflected from it: as, the albedo of the moon.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. albus, white

Usage

In literature:

If anything of the right size shows up, decelerate until we can get mass and albedo measurements.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The electron telescope could detect its larger planets, especially a gas-giant fifth-orbit world of high albedo.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
There are other metals with a higher albedo, but none that give a richer effect.
"The Misplaced Battleship" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
The telescopes showed Sennech's albedo down to a fraction of normal; that, he supposed, would indicate smoke in the atmosphere.
"Tulan" by Carroll Mather Capps
Albedo of moon, 97. of Venus, 148.
"A Text-Book of Astronomy" by George C. Comstock
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In news:

In the early hours of 26 November, the MV Albedo was pirated approximately 900 nautical miles East of Mogadishu (Somalia).
The MV Albedo is Malaysian flagged and owned, with a crew of 23 (Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Iranian).
Sima Taheri, Aswin Sankaranarayanan, Rama Chellappa, " Joint Albedo Estimation and Pose Tracking from Video," IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol 99, no.
During summer, surface melt and ice-albedo feedbacks are in effect.
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In science:

The limiting sensitivity of 10−6 m−2 s−1 should be compared with the rate for cosmic rays and albedo protons and electrons to intersect the detector, which is around 5 kHz, or some nine orders of magnitude larger.
Gamma-Ray Summary Report
It is composed of three subsystems: the Anti-Coincidence Detector (ACD) is responsible for vetoing the enormous charged cosmic-ray background and the Earth albedo secondary electrons and nuclei.
Triggers and alerts with GLAST
By comparing the observed scattered intensity with the estimated intensity of the starlight incident on the cloud, it is possible to infer the albedo of the dust – the ratio of scattering cross section to extinction cross section.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
Note. — The values of extinction cross-section and albedo, Cext and ω , for RV = 3.1 from Weingartner & Draine (2001) and Draine (2003).
A Light Echo from Type Ia Supernova 1995E?
However, the rear segments were strongly affected by albedo flux due to reflection from the Earth, which complicated timing analysis.
Neutron star oscillations and QPOs during magnetar flares
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