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