New Horizons path through the Pluto (or Yuggoth) system
As New Horizons approaches Pluto, one should not forget the dwarf planet’s largest moon Charon, which was discovered in 1978 at the United State Naval Observatory. Charon is the largest of the five known moons of Pluto and is the largest moon relative to its parent body than any other moon in our solar system. In fact, the barycenter (the center of mass of two bodies orbiting each other) of the Pluto / Charon system is outside of Pluto.
While Charon was not discovered until the late 1970’s, Lovecraft may have had some knowledge of this satellite. In “Through the Gates of the Silver Key” Randolph Carter mentions that he saw Kynarth and Yuggoth on the rim. Since Carter mentions both of these bodies on the rim (referring to the rim of the solar system), and Yuggoth is Pluto, is it possible that Kynarth is Charon?
Some more details of Yuggoth’s moon Kynarth (also known as Charon)
S.T. Joshi hypothesizes that Kynarth may be a tenth planet in our solar system (Lovecraft and a World in Transition: Collected Essays on H.P. Lovecraft by S.T. Joshi, 2014) but since Kynarth and Yuggoth are mentioned together, I think it is more than likely that Kynarth is Charon. Additionally, Joshi does cite that Lovecraft mentions in “The Haunter of the Dark” that Shaggai is apparently “more distant” than Yuggoth (Joshi, 2014). Thus, I think Shaggai is the tenth planet, more than likely another dwarf planet, and Kynarth is Charon.
Tomorrow we should receive new photos of the Yuggoth – Kynarth system!