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Posted By: webmaster on: 07/14/2008 09:13:52 ET
Subject: RE: 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.


For those interested point your browser to:
http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/2008/07/whats-in-name-part-2.html
where the discoverer (Mike Brown, no relation to your humble webmaster) has a few paragraphs describing how he came to name the planet.

If you want to read my astrological take on Makemake, then click here for my Makemake page. Be sure to check out the analysis of Makemake and Quaoar together in mundane astrology. Additionally, if you are looking for an ephemeris for Makemake, then click here to download a free complete Makemake ephemerides from this website.

Richard


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