Friday, October 2, 2015

The Ferryman

In Greek Mythology, Charon is the ferryman of the kingdom of the dead. He would take souls across the rivers Styx and Acheron, and served the God of the Dead, Hades. It is for this reason that the largest satellite of Pluto share this name. Across the solar system, planets (and dwarf planets) are named for the gods of roman mythology, while (for the most part) the satellites are named for the equivalent greek god's close allies.

Charon, the moon, was one of the objects imaged by New Horizons on its flyby back in July. NASA just released this picture of it, along with a whole bunch of new data. Check it all out here!