Meng-p'o Macula

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Meng-p'o Macula
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The Brass Knuckles chain of equatorial dark regions on Pluto
Location Pluto
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Eponym Meng Po

Meng-p'o[1] is one of the "Brass Knuckles", a series of equatorial dark regions on Pluto. Meng-p'o straddles the zero meridian, directly under Pluto's tidally locked moon Charon and just west of the tail of the "Whale" Cthulhu. It is named after Meng Po [mə̂ŋpʰɔ̌], the Chinese underworld deity of forgetfulness.[2][3]

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Cthulhu and the "Knuckles". Meng-p'o is the small region split across the left and right edges of the map.

References

  1. English pronunciation approximately /ˌmʌŋˈp/
  2. Chang, Kenneth (14 July 2015). "NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Completes Flyby of Pluto". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  3. Rogers, Adam (14 July 2015). "The New, Nerdy Mythology of Pluto's Place Names". Wired. Retrieved 14 July 2015.