June 22, 1978

On June 22, 1978, James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered, at that time, the only known moon of Pluto. They named it Charon. In August 2006, when Pluto lost its planetary status, Charon asked for a divorce. It claimed that Pluto had lied about its status and that it could not stay in a relationship with a dwarf planet. Charon asked Neil Degrasse Tyson to award it the smaller and more recently discovered moons of Pluto (Nix, Styx, Kerberos and Hydra) and a recognizable atmosphere as moon-support. Mr. Tyson regretfully informed Charon that since it was already in an orbit around Pluto, it would have to remain there for the foreseeable future.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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