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Hot and Cold: Dwarf Planet Makemake Could Have Extreme Temperatures Side by Side

Diagram of largest known trans-Neptunian Objects

NANTES, France—Makemake may well have the most exotic name of the dwarf planets, and it now looks to be just as unusual on its surface. One of five recognized dwarf planets in our solar system, Makemake (pronounced MAH-kee MAH-kee) was discovered in 2005 in a broad, elliptical orbit outside the realm of Neptune. Its location places [...]

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The Countdown

The Countdown, Episode 10 – Makemake’s Shadow, Mars or Bust, a Super Jupiter, Monster Quasar, Moon Mash-Up

Story 5 In 2005, the dwarf planet Makemake passed between the Earth and a very bright star, casting a shadow known as an occultation. A new study of data collected from the occultation reveals that Makemake lacks an atmosphere. Links: Rare Apparition of Dwarf Planet Makemake Reveals a Largely Airless World Story 4 Internet billionaire [...]

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