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Is albedo ever greater than unity? How is it calculated for various surface diffusivities and specular reflection? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand how albedo would be calculated for a body with well-characterized surface reflectance properties, so that it's absolute magnitude could be defined. One could argue that this ...
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What is the difference between albedo, absolute magnitude or aparent magnitude?

What is the difference between albedo, absolute magnitude or aparent magnitude? I can’t really tell what’s the difference between them.
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Which kernel does HORIZONS get the Geometric Albedo from?

I am new to using SPICE and the SPICE Toolkit. My goal is to extract body radius, albedo, and distance from the sun of a number of solar system objects. The tools provided by NAIF are great and I ...
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Could diatom blooms affect albedo of an exoplanet?

And perhaps display a seasonal variation if the exoplanet has an axial tilt, providing proof of an Earth-like world supporting at least oceans with microbial life?
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What is the spectral reflectance of starlight in a close binary?

In a close-orbiting binary pair, a small but significant fraction of the light from each star falls upon the other, and the result has to be carefully modeled to simulate the observed spectrum of the ...
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Why is Enceladus's albedo greater than 1?

Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, has a geometric albedo of 1.38 and a bond albedo of 0.81. How can the geometric albedo of Enceladus be greater than one? What are the similarities or differences ...
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Trappist-1 planet albedo

Is the albedo of any of the Trappist-1 planets know? Is it high enough so if you are on the surface of one of the planets, you can see the others? I looked up the distances from the star and size of ...
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Estimating inner and outer boundaries of habitable zone for Sun

What would the inner and outer boundaries of the “habitable zone” be for planets with an albedo that differs from that of the Earth? For example a planet with an albedo of 0.07 or 0.90 (the values ...
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How to cool down a moon?

I'm doing an Astronomy project and need to terraform a moon. It is about the size of Mars and orbits a gas giant which is at a distance of 1.28 AU of its star. I though about putting a sunshade at the ...
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Why do dark objects look white from a distance? (Moon, Ceres, but not Earth!)

What makes the Moon shine white in the sky, although it seems to be as dark as asphalt? Earth's average albedo is 3 and 4 times that of the Moon and Ceres respectively (0.37 vs 0.12 and 0.09). But ...
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Would a low albedo substance warm up Mars?

If Mars were coated in a dark substance that absorbs sunlight (including infrared light), would this heat up Mars? I am envisioning a fine dust that is dispersed into the atmosphere, but possibly ...
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Would a high albedo reflective substance cool down Venus?

If we were to put a highly reflective substance into Venus's upper atmosphere, could we cool it down? I am envisioning adding a highly reflective fine dust or gas, possibly lighter than "air" to the ...