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Styx

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Styx
Moons of Pluto.png
Date of discovery Date of discovery::June 26, 2012
Name of discoverer Discoverer::M. R. Showalter
Name origin Name origin::River of the underworld, and object of an oath binding even on the gods.
Orbital characteristics
Celestial class Member of::Moon
Primary Primary::Pluto
Order from primary Order::2
Perihadion Periapsis::42,409 km
Aphadion Apoapsis::42,903 km
Semi-major axis Semi-major axis::42,656 km
Orbital eccentricity Orbital eccentricity::0.005787
Sidereal month Sidereal period::20.16155 da
Inclination Inclination::0.809° to Pluto's equator
Physical characteristics
Color Color::#AAAAAA


Styx is the second presently known moon of Pluto. M. R. Showalter of the New Horizons Imaging Team discovered it in 2012. They were searching carefully for any stray object with which their robot rocket probe New Horizons might collide in its passage through the Plutonian system.