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Posted By: Ephebos on: 07/14/2008 00:48:39 ET
Subject: Big news: new dwarf planet named

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Mike Brown (of course) has finally been given the go-ahead to officially name 2005 FY9, or "Easterbunny". It is now known as Makemake (not sure, but I think it's pronounced "MAH-keh-MAH-keh"), who was the creator of humanity for the Rapa Nui culture of (natch) Easter Island.

Makemake is the third largest trans-Neptunian object known, after Eris and Pluto.

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