November 22, 2012

A First Look at Dwarf Planet Makemake

Matthew Francis, Ars Technica


AP Photo

The outer reaches of the Solar System are home to many small bodies, of which Pluto is the most famous. Due to their distance from Earth and relatively small sizes, these trans-Neptunian objects are somewhat difficult to study: even our most powerful telescopes can't image their surfaces in any detail, leaving astronomers either waiting impatiently for the New Horizons space probe to reach Pluto or resorting to more indirect methods.

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TAGGED: Astronomy, Pluto, Dwarf Planets, Makemake

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