Makemake

Jailynn Vines

What is makemake?

Makemake is a dwarf planet. Makemake is located in the Kuiper Belt, a region outside the orbit of Neptune

What is the length of a year (revolution)?

It takes about 310 years for Makemake to orbit our Sun.

What is the length of a day (rotation)?

7.77 earth hours

What is the range in temperature?

Makemake is very, very cold. The temperture there is about minus 240° C (-406° F)! Makemake may be covered with ice.

what is the composition of it?

Methane, ethane and nitrogen

What is the distance from the sun?

4.26 Billion miles

Does it have any moons?

Astronomers haven't found any moons circling Makemake yet.

3 Distinguishing characteristics of makemake

-It is the smallest dwarf planet

-It has moons

-It is a moon not a dwarf planet

Mission to it

Makemake is to far for any spaceship to travel to.

How it was discovered.

Makemake was first seen in March 2005 at the Palomar Observatory in California by three scholars carrying out a survey. The team led by Professor Mike Brown included Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz. They gave the new planet the unofficial name of Easterbunny, as it was discovered around the time of Easter that year. It was only when the discovery was confirmed in 2008 by the International Astronomical Union that it was given the official name of Makemake.