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thermal inertia

(a measure of a material's ability to absorb heat through conduction)

Thermal inertia is a measure of the rate at which a material can absorb heat.

I = √(kρc)

On astronomical bodies, thermal inertia of the surface material affects the body's climate and weather, specifically its response to its daylight and its seasons, i.e., to the higher and lower amounts of incoming electromagnetic radiation.

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