Dwarf Planet MakeMake has a moon

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In the outer regions of the solar system beyond Pluto is a region called the kuiper belt, a stellar junk yard of debris left over from the creation of the solar system. It’s out here that we suspect comets come from. Also out in this region is  one of five known dwarf planets called MakeMake. Discovered in 2005 and names after a creation deity of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island.

Recently Hubble trained it’s sharp eyes onto MakeMake and discovered that the little world has a small moon. The article below gives all the details:

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/hubble-discovers-moon-orbiting-the-dwarf-planet-makemake

Simon 🙂

No ownership claimed on images or materials – Credit NASA

 

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My name is Simon I'm an engineer, creator, free thinker and occasionally writer. For far too long I had ideas and nowhere to put them for the world to see, that's why Planet Simon was created. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas. I'm not the person I used to be and over time I have evolved and the blog is evolving with me. Whatever this blog is in the future it's a place where all are welcome and ideas can roam free to find their magical place in the universe. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas.

13 thoughts on “Dwarf Planet MakeMake has a moon

  1. Breath-taking to contemplate the vastness and variety of our Solar System. To stand on either of those bodies….
    …. and then when exploring to find a small artificial construct….

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