Several of the important properties of the Kuiper Belt, established over the past 14 years by painstaking observational work around the world, have been summarized in the section of this book by Alessandro Morbidelli . I will avoid duplication and instead focus on aspects of the Kuiper Belt that are less thoroughly covered elsewhere in this volume.
4.1 Kuiper Belt Physical Properties: Colors and Albedos
Ideally, we would use spectra to determine the surface compositions of KBOs and other Solar system bodies. The faintness of most such objects makes this ideal unreachable, and instead, broadband colors are often used as a
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