Daily Archives: 18-June-2015

Barycenter of Pluto and Charon

I am excited about the New Horizon's flyby of the Pluto system (Figure 1) occurring on July 14, and I will be glued to my computer as the data is returning. Fortunately, there is already some data coming back on Pluto and its moons. One interesting aspect of the Pluto system is the fact that the mass ratio of Charon to Pluto is large enough that the barycenter of their orbit is outside the bodies of both Charon and Pluto. Continue reading

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