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Newest Dwarf Planet (and Plutoid) Named Makemake

by on Jul.20, 2008, under Around the Solar System, Newsflash

A Kuiper Belt Object discovered three years ago has been named Makemake, pronouced like “maki-maki.”

The third largest known trans-Neptunian object was formerly known as 2005 FY9, 136472 and unofficially – Easterbunny .The object was named after the creator god from Easter Island mythology.

It has also officially been classified as a dwarf planet, and plutoid as well, by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Read more on Universe Today…

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