Project Proxima

A trip to Proxima Centauri @proximaspace

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Makemake is a dwarf planet and perhaps the largest Kuiper belt object with a diameter that is about 2/3 the size of Pluto. Makemake has an extremely low average temperature, about 30 K (-243 C), which means its surface is covered with methane, ethane, and possibly nitrogen ices.

Makemake was discovered on March 31, 2005, by a team led by Michael Brown, and announced on July 29, 2005. Initially, it was known as 2005 FY9 and later given the minor-planet number 136472. Makemake was recognized as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in July 2008. Its name derives from Makemake in the mythology of the Rapanui people of Easter Island.