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Moon over Makemake : Makemake, second brightest dwarf planet of…

Moon over Makemake : Makemake, second brightest dwarf planet of the Kuiper belt, has a moon. Nicknamed MK2, Makemakes moon reflects sunlight with a charcoal-dark surface, about 1,300 times fainter than its parent body. Still, it was spotted in Hubble Space Telescope observations intended to search for faint companions with the same technique used to find the small satellites of Pluto. Just as for Pluto and its satellites, further observations of Makemake and orbiting moon will measure the systems mass and density and allow a broader understanding of the distant worlds. About 160 kilometers across compared to Makemakes 1,400 kilometer diameter, MK2s relative size and contrast are shown in this artists vision. An imagined scene of an unexplored frontier of the Solar System, it looks back from a spacecrafts vantage as the dim Sun shines along the Milky Way. Of course, the Sun is over 50 times farther from Makemake than it is from planet Earth. via NASA

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