Meng-p'o Macula

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Meng-p'o Macula
The Brass Knuckles chain of equatorial dark regions on Pluto
Location Pluto
Coordinates 10°S 0°W / 10°S -0°E / -10; -0Coordinates: 10°S 0°W / 10°S -0°E / -10; -0
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 [mə̂ŋpʰwǒ], the Chinese underworld deity of forgetfulness.[2][3]

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


  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.