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Charon

Moon of Pluto

Proper NameCharon
Primary PlanetPluto
Sidereal Period6.4 days
Mean Distance from Pluto19,640 km
12,204 miles
Sidereal DaySynchronised with Pluto
Mean Diameter1,207 km
750 miles

One of several known moons of the distant dwarf planet Pluto. Charon's diameter of 1,200km is small in comparison to other bodies in the Solar System, but still makes it approximately half the diameter of its parent planet, which it orbits every 6.4 days. Pluto was the god of the underworld, and Charon is appropriately named from the ferryman who rowed the dead across the River Styx to the Pluto's domain.

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