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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