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Nasreddin is a crater on Pluto's largest moon, Charon. The crater was first observed by NASA's New Horizons space probe on its flyby of Pluto in 2015. The name was chosen as a reference to Nasreddin, the hero of humorous folktales told throughout the Middle East, southern Europe and parts of Asia.[1] The location of Nasreddin crater is in the northern Pluto-facing hemisphere of Charon, north of Mandjet Chasma.[2]

Crater characteristics
moonCharon
Coordinates26°54′N 309°42′E / 26.9°N 309.7°E / 26.9; 309.7 (Nasreddin)[1]
Diameter29.7 kilometres (18.5 mi)
DiscovererNew Horizons
EponymSufi traveler from folklore

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  1. ^ a b "Nasreddin (crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ "International Astronomical Union". www.iau.org. Retrieved 28 April 2018.