Southeast of the dark plains of “Mordor” located on the surface of Pluto’s moon Charon, a ‘death star’ crater may be lurking in the shadows! 🙂
[No, this is not a strange sci-fi script by the way lol]
Not a science fiction novel, this is actual reality, and we may be looking at a possible giant craters edge which can be seen on the “Eastern” limb of Charon (seen below).
If the long line is the side view of a giant crater, it most likely will appear similar to the “death star” crater on Saturn’s moon named Mimas.
When one views a circular shape from just under a 45 degree angle, the edge of the circle will appear “flat” like a line.
Thus, this indeed could be a very large crater of some kind.
Only time will tell, and several more high resolution pictures of course.
Charon’s Surprising, Youthful and Varied Terrain
“Remarkable new details of Pluto’s largest moon Charon are revealed in this image from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), taken late on July 13, 2015 from a distance of 289,000 miles (466,000 kilometers).
A swath of cliffs and troughs stretches about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from left to right, suggesting widespread fracturing of Charon’s crust, likely a result of internal processes. At upper right, along the moon’s curving edge, is a canyon estimated to be 4 to 6 miles (7 to 9 kilometers) deep.
Mission scientists are surprised by the apparent lack of craters on Charon. South of the moon’s equator, at the bottom of this image, terrain is lit by the slanting rays of the sun, creating shadows that make it easier to distinguish topography. Even here, however, relatively few craters are visible, indicating a relatively young surface that has been reshaped by geologic activity.
In Charon’s north polar region, a dark marking prominent in New Horizons’ approach images is now seen to have a diffuse boundary, suggesting it is a thin deposit of dark material. Underlying it is a distinct, sharply bounded, angular feature; higher resolution images still to come are expected to shed more light on this enigmatic region.
The image has been compressed to reduce its file size for transmission to Earth. In high-contrast areas of the image, features as small as 3 miles (5 kilometers) across can be seen. Some lower-contrast detail is obscured by the compression of the image, which may make some areas appear smoother than they really are. The uncompressed version still resides in New Horizons’ computer memory and is scheduled to be transmitted at a later date.
The image has been combined with color information obtained by New Horizons’ Ralph instrument on July 13.
New Horizons traveled more than three billion miles over nine-and-a-half years to reach the Pluto system.
Image Credit: NASA-JHUAPL-SwRI”
Ironic that the “death star” comes into play in light of the names they are choosing for Pluto, and Charon.
Quote the main stream media on the naming of Pluto / Charons features :
“Among the many cool things we learned today — including that Pluto’s equator is studded with icy mountains, and that Pluto has one of the youngest surfaces in the Solar System — is that the members of the New Horizons team refer to a dark patch near the north pole of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, as Mordor, famously the home of Sauron and Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings.
Since Pluto is named for the Roman god of the underworld, the names of its features are receiving monikers based on subterranean and suboceanic characters from fiction and mythology.
One of the dark regions near Pluto’s south pole, initially called “The Whale” when first spotted from a more distant photo, has now been dubbed Cthulhu, one of the terrible “Great Old Ones” from the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Cthulhu lurks under the sea in the sunken city of R’lyeh.
Other features have been named for Meng-p’o, the Buddhist goddess of forgetfulness and amnesia, and Balrog, a demon from JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series. Two features, Vucub-Came and Hun-Came, are named for Mayan death gods. There’s also Krun, named for a Mandaean lord of the underworld, and Ala, the Ibo ruler of the underworld.”
With names like , Cthulu , Mordor, Balrog, Krun, and Mayan death gods — if this turns out to be a giant single crater on the moon of Charon — it should actually be named “Death Star Crater”, or “Sith Crater“. 🙂