Polarimetry of the Galilean satellites and Jupiter near opposition

  • Kiselev N
  • Rosenbush V
  • Velichko F
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Abstract

We present new polarimetric observations of the Galilean satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto as well as the North and South polar regions of Jupiter in the V filter within the range of phase angles -0.13-0.62°. The differences between our results and observations of other authors are discussed. It is shown that there is no second inversion point near the phase angle 0.5°. New observations fully confirmed the presence of the polarization opposition effect for the Galilean satellites Io, Europa, and Ganymede in the region of phase angles smaller than 2°. Observations of Jupiter verified a sharp turn of the angle between the observed polarization plane and the plane perpendicular to the scattering plane by 90°. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Galilean satellites
  • Polarimetry
  • Polarization opposition effect

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Authors

  • Nikolai Kiselev

  • Vera Rosenbush

  • Feodor Velichko

  • Sergej Zaitsev

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