Saturn’s moon Iapetus has one side that is very bright (high reflectivity) and the other side that is very dark (low reflectivity)...?

Saturn’s moon Iapetus has one side that is very bright (high reflectivity) and the other side that is very dark (low reflectivity). All sides get the same amount of sunlight. Which side should be hotter? Explain your answer.

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  • Anonymous
    7 days ago

    Will I do your homework for you?  Hahaha...no.

    Will I give you a hint?  Sure.  Ask yourself this: When you go walking barefoot outside on a hot summer day, which feels hotter on your bare feet: the black asphalt or the light gray sidewalk?  Why?  Explain your answer.

  • 2 weeks ago

    The Darker side Absorbs more Heat

     It is so because it is the Leading side in its orbit and has to fly through allsorts

    The Bright Side is Pristine and reflects heat, which makes it cooler

    Iapetus is Tidally locked in its orbit, which keeps it that way

    Cassini also showed up that there is a ridge right along its Limb

    Giving it a kind of Walnut Shape so to Speak

    A true Yin and Yang of a moon

     And it shows often that the truth can be stranger than fiction

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    Source(s): Iapetus from Cassini
  • 2 weeks ago

    The darker side should be; with low reflectivity, photons from the sun would be absorbed in greater amount on the darker side of Iapetus. 

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Like Daniel said, at that distance it may be too small a difference to matter, but the dark side absorbs more VISIBLE light. Whether it absorbs more infrared is something our eyes cannot see

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  • 2 weeks ago

    What minuscule amount of solar heating is out that far, the darker absorbs more infrared heat energy from the sun.

  • 2 weeks ago

    Iapetus' heat is internal, from tidal flexing caused by an 'elliptical orbit that is in resonance with other Saturn moons, including Titan. Internal heat is constant. It is not dependent on the Sun.

    You need to do your own research and do your own homework. The whole point and purpose of homework is so you learn how to think critically and logically, do research and solve problems and ask MORE questions. That is how the scientific method works.

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