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Pluto's Moon Charon Spotted By New Horizons
2013-07-12 04:08:31

Using its highest-resolution telescopic camera, the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, New Horizons has spotted Pluto's Texas-sized, ice covered moon Charon for the first time, representing a major milestone on the 9.5 year journey.


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Charon -- Charon is the only known satellite of Pluto. Charon was discovered by astronomer James Christy in 1978 using photographic plates which showed a bulge moving around Pluto. Christy named it after the Greek mythological figure Charon but pronounced it differently. The "ch" at the beginning of the moon's name is soft so it sounds like "Sharon," after the astronomer's wife Charlene, nicknamed Char, which both have soft ch sounds. The mythological figure's name is...

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Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.