Makemake

Those poor objects stuck in size between asteroids and true planets.
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Christopher K.
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Makemake

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Today's APOD is an illustration of Makemake from a 21 November ESO press release. The release, outlining an article published in Nature the following day, concerned using an occultation of a star to determine whether the dwarf planet has an atmosphere.

Makemake was discovered in March 2005 and classified by the IAU as a dwarf planet in 2008. It has an estimated albedo of 0.74 to 0.80.

The original European Southern Observatory press release:
http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1246/

Makemake entry at NASA's Solar System site:
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/pro ... a_MakeMake

Christopher K.
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Re: Makemake

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I still wonder which would have been the best route to take--increase the number on the planet list, or (as we're doing now) increase the categories.

More information:
https://www.princeton.edu/~willman/plan ... /Makemake/
https://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau0806/

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