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Problem 49 Easy Difficulty

Pluto's diameter is approximately $2370 \mathrm{km},$ and the diameter of its satellite Charon is 1250 $\mathrm{km}$ . Although the distance varies, they are often about $19,700 \mathrm{km}$ apart, center-to-center. Assuming that both Pluto and Charon have the same composition and hence the same average density, find the location of the center of mass of this system relative to the center of Pluto.


$x_{\mathrm{cm}}=2520.5 \mathrm{km}$


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