Albedo Definition and Illustration

Word of the Week: Albedo

A measure (between zero and one) of the amount of light reflected off of a surface.

Objects like dark asphalt and asteroid Bennu have a low albedo. Objects like ice and snow have a high albedo.

Credit: University of Arizona


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