The possibility that Charon was born from Pluto by fission was raised soon after Charon’s discovery. Now that the New Horizons mission has given us a close look at their surfaces, global surface features on both bodies appear to confirm the fission hypothesis. Pluto’s surface features are underlain by global parallel bands that I interpret […]Read more "The Pluto – Charon Binary Likely Formed by Fission"
They say that the human eye is very good at detecting patterns. When the first high resolution mosaic images of the full disk of Pluto were released I got a strong impression that there were a series of diagonal but parallel lines across it. The impression is particularly strong in this collection of the individual […]Read more "Pluto’s Subtle Global Stripes: Key to Charon’s Origin"