Charon

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Charon m

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Charontidae – certain whip spiders in the family.

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Image taken of Charon in July 2015

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Χάρων (Khárōn). James W. Christy, who discovered this moon, was influenced in selecting the name by its similarity to Char, a pet name for Charlene, his wife's name — hence the alternative American pronunciation, which is used at NASA.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkeəɹɒn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɛəɹən/ (in astronomy, also IPA(key): /ˈʃæɹən/)
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  • Hyphenation: Char‧on

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Charon

  1. (Greek mythology) The ferryman of Hades.
  2. (astronomy) The largest of the 5 moons of Pluto.

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