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The Satellites of Pluto

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James W. Christy discovered a satellite of Pluto in June 22, 1978, in photographs taken with the 155-cm (61-inch) astrometric reflector at the US Naval Observatory at Flagstaff, AZ. Christy wanted to name this object Charon, partly because it was a suitable mythological name, and partly because of the initial letters of the name of his wife, Charlene. To the ancient Greeks Charon was the god who transported souls to the underworld.

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(2010). The Satellites of Pluto. In: Solar System Moons. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-68853-2_6

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