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Charon, Moon of Pluto

Charon is a Moon that orbits round Pluto rather than the Sun which our Earth orbits round. Its orbit circumference, the total distance it travels round its planetary parent is 110,181.80 km. The furthest it gets from its orbital parent (apoasis) is 17,575 km. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 1,546,625,822,956,300,000,000 kg. Its density has been calculated at being 1.678 g/cm3. Its volume is 1.678 g/cm3. It was discovered on June 22, 1978 by James Christie. Its takes 6.387 hours to do a full rotation period.

The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 17,536 km, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The mass of the object is calculated at being 1,546,625,822,956,300,000,000 kg. The equatorial circumference of Charon is 3,792.5 km. The mean radius of Charon is 603.6 km. The surface area of Charon is 4,578,343.00 km2. The surface gravity of the said item is 0.283 m/s2. The average orbit velocity, that is the speed at which it orbits is 718.8 km/h.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Charon orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 0.001 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.0022, it is the degree at which Charon orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Image of the Pluto moon of Charon


Image of the Pluto moon of Charon

Charon Facts


TypeMoon
Orbital Circumference110,181.80 km
Furthest from parent (Apoasis)17,575 km
Mass1,546,625,822,956,300,000,000 kg
Density1.678 g/cm3
Volume921,162,612 km3
Date of DiscoveryJune 22, 1978
DiscovererJames Christie
Rotation Period6.387 hours
Semi-Major Axis17,536 km
Mass1,546,625,822,956,300,000,000 kg
Equatorial Circumference3,792.5 km
Mean Radius603.6 km
Surface Area4,578,343.00 km2
Surface Gravity0.283 m/s2
Average Orbit Velocity718.8 km/h
Orbital Inclination0.001
Orbital Eccentricity0.0022




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