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Charon, also called (134340) Pluto I,<ref name=Nomenclature/> is the largest of the five known moons of the dwarf planet Pluto. It was discovered in 1978 at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., using photographic plates taken at the United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (NOFS). It is a very large moon in comparison to its parent body, being half the diameter and one eighth the mass of Pluto. Its gravitational influence is such that the barycenter of the Pluto–Charon system lies outside Pluto.

The New Horizons spacecraft flew through the Pluto system on 14 July 2015, approaching to within {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of Charon. It is to date the only probe to have visited and studied the moon.


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Charon, also called (134340) Pluto I,<ref name=Nomenclature/> is the largest of the five known moons of the dwarf planet Pluto. It was discovered in 1978 at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., using photographic plates taken at the United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (NOFS). It is a very large moon in comparison to its parent body, being half the diameter and one eighth the mass of Pluto. Its gravitational influence is such that the barycenter of the Pluto–Charon system lies outside Pluto.

The New Horizons spacecraft flew through the Pluto system on 14 July 2015, approaching to within {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of Charon. It is to date the only probe to have visited and studied the moon.


Charon (moon) sections
Intro  History  Orbit  Physical characteristics  Observation and exploration   Classification as a moon or dwarf planet   In popular culture  Gallery   See also   Notes  References  External links  

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