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Fraser
2006-Jan-06, 04:58 AM
SUMMARY: Astronomers from MIT and Williams College were fortunate enough to be watching Pluto's moon Charon at the moment that it passed in front of a very dim star. By measuring how the light from this star dimmed as it passed behind the tiny, distant moon, they were able to come up with a very accurate measurement of Charon's size (606 km or 377 miles). They also determined that the moon doesn't have any appreciable atmosphere, lending evidence that it was formed when something smashed into a proto-Pluto millions of years ago.

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EsquireJ
2006-Jan-06, 12:39 PM
rockin

GOURDHEAD
2006-Jan-06, 03:33 PM
Then the rose of Charon is less likely.

jkmccrann
2006-Jan-08, 06:35 PM
Well, Pluto's atmosphere is barely there anyway, and most of the time isn't is it? So, I'd still consider them the leading candidates for the moniker of the Solar System's Twins;)

Jakenorrish
2006-Jan-09, 10:44 AM
Charon has no atmosphere? Maybe its the twin of my local pub! ;)