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:
Makemake entry at NASA's Solar System site:
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/pro ... a_MakeMake
Those poor objects stuck in size between asteroids and true planets.
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