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Makemake of the Outer Solar System

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Robby

    Robby The Robot

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    Makemake of the Outer Solar System

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    Makemake of the Outer Solar System
    Credit: R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech), JPL-Caltech, NASA

    Explanation: Recently discovered Makemake is one of the largest objects known in the outer Solar System. Pronounced MAH-kay MAH-kay, this Kuiper belt object is only slightly smaller than Pluto, orbits the Sun only slightly further out than Pluto, and appears only slightly dimmer than Pluto. Makemake, however, has an orbit much more tilted to the ecliptic plane of the planets than Pluto. Designated 2005 FY9 soon after its discovery by a team led by Mike Brown (Caltech) in 2005, the outer Solar System orb was recently renamed Makemake for the creator of humanity in the Rapa Nui mythology of Easter Island. Additionally, Makemake has been recently classified as a dwarf planet under the new subcategory plutoid, making Makemake the third cataloged plutoid after Pluto and Eris. Makemake is known to be a world somewhat red in appearance, with spectra indicating it is likely covered with frozen methane. Since no images of Makemake's surface yet exist, an artist's illustration originally meant to depict Sedna has been boldly co-opted above to now illustrate Makemake. A hypothetical moon is visualized above nearly in the direction of our distant Sun.



    (Via NASA)
     
  2. Webster

    Webster The Red Tarheel

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    .......kinda makes you feel sorry for little ole' Pluto; I mean, first its' considered a planet, then it gets demoted to "dwarf planet" and now, they find another...... :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
     

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