A full glove view of Pluton's moon, Charon. The moon is gray with a reddish cap.
Artist concept of Pluto from one of its moons surface

Moons of Pluto

It is intriguing that such a small planet can have such a complex collection of satellites. The moons provide additional clues about how the Pluto system formed and evolved. "The moons form a series of neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls," said Mark Showalter, a planetary scientist from the SETI Institute who helped discover three of the five moons.

More Facts About Pluto's Moons


The Kuiper Belt

first discovered

June 22, 1978 (Charon)

Total Moons


Moons sharing name with a 1970s Rock Band

1 (Styx)