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Charon, known as (134340) Pluto I, is the largest of the five known natural satellites of the dwarf planet Pluto.

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How "locked" are Pluto and Charon? How much does each librate as seen from the other?

Discussion below Are all or some geostationary satellites tidally locked to the Earth? got me thinking about Pluto and Charon. According to Wikipedia: Charon and Pluto orbit each other every 6.387 ...
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Would my weight be constant on Pluto?

Since Pluto and Charon have distinct orbits around their barycenter (located approximately 960 km above Pluto's surface), the centripedal acceleration must be different on the outer hemisphere of ...
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Latitude and longitude lines for Pluto and Charon

I am hoping someone can point me to images of Pluto and Charon with latitude and longitude lines. I know it's the convention to designate the near point of a tidelocked moon as 0°, 0°. Is the same ...
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