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11 Interesting Facts About Charon

Here are 11 Interesting Charon facts.

1-5 Charon Facts

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1. The guy who discovered Pluto’s moon Charon made up the name to resemble his wife’s name, Charlene. He later discovered that in Greek mythology, Charon was the ferryman who brought the souls of the dead across the river Styx to Hades, AKA Pluto. – Source

2. The New Horizons spacecraft is carrying a U.S. Quarter, in a nod to Greek Mythology, to pay the ferryman Charon. – Source

3. The Dwarf Planet Pluto has a 5 moons celestial system comparable to our own earth and moon, except Charon (Pluto’s first moon) is so big it forces the center of gravity away from the planets, thus causing them to spin around a random point in space. – Source

4. The mass of Pluto and Charon are so similar that the center of the orbit is actually outside of Pluto, meaning that Pluto and Charon are technically a binary system. – Source

5. Charon, Pluto’s largest moon, will have its features named after fictional space explorers, vessels and locations. Star Trek references have already been approved for Craters. – Source

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6. The dark region on the north pole of Pluto’s moon, Charon, is called Mordor. – Source

7. In 2006, the IAU General Assembly considered a proposal that Pluto and Charon be reclassified as a double planet. – Source

8. Charon appears to be covered in frozen water, differing from Pluto’s surface, which is composed of frozen nitrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide. – Source

9. It would take about 6,293 years to drive to Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, from Earth going a steady 65 mph. It would take a Boeing 777 going 590 mph about 680 years to go from Earth to Pluto. It took the New Horizons probe going 50,000 mph, the fastest speed ever for a launched spacecraft, a little under a decade to get to Charon. – Source

10. Astronomers believe that Charon has active cryogeysers (ice geysers) and cryovolcanoes (ice volcanoes), which suggests that Charon has an ice-based geology. – Source

11. A 100 lb. the person on Earth would weigh just under 3 pounds on Charon. A 100 lb. the person on Charon would weigh just over 3, 503 pounds on Earth. – Source

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