Makemake (dwarf planet)

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Artist's conception of Makemake, by Ann Feild (Space Telescope Science Institute)

Makemake (officially known as 136472 Makemake) is a dwarf planet. It was discovered on March 31, 2005 by astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz. It was announced as a dwarf planet on June 11, 2008. Makemake is a Trans-Neptunian object, because it orbits the Sun after Neptune.

It is called Makemake after the god of the ancient civilization that lived on Easter island.

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Originally the object was nicknamed 'Easter Bunny' as it was discovered around Easter time. The International Astronomical Union said this wasn't a good name so it was given the name Makemake, the creator god of the Easter Island people to keep its connection to Easter.[1]

Structure[change | change source]

Makemake appears to be made mainly of ice and rock. However, at its very low temperature, ice is as hard as many types of rock.

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