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Makemake (minor-planet designation 136472 Makemake) is a dwarf planet and perhaps the largest Kuiper belt object (KBO) in the classical population,Unknown extension tag "ref" with a diameter that is about 2/3 the size of Pluto.<ref name="Lim2010" /><ref name="IAU0806" /> Makemake has no known satellites, which makes it unique among the largest KBOs and means that its mass can only be estimated. Its extremely low average temperature, about {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}, means its surface is covered with methane, ethane, and possibly nitrogen ices.<ref name="brown" />

Makemake was discovered on March 31, 2005, by a team led by Michael E. 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.<ref name="IAU0806">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=pressrelease |type=Press release }}</ref><ref name="Brown">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="name" /><ref name="Tancredi">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Its name derives from Makemake in the mythology of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island.<ref name="IAU0806"/>


Makemake sections
Intro  History   Orbit and classification    Physical characteristics    Lack of satellites   Exploration   See also    Notes    References    External links   

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Makemake (minor-planet designation 136472 Makemake) is a dwarf planet and perhaps the largest Kuiper belt object (KBO) in the classical population,Unknown extension tag "ref" with a diameter that is about 2/3 the size of Pluto.<ref name="Lim2010" /><ref name="IAU0806" /> Makemake has no known satellites, which makes it unique among the largest KBOs and means that its mass can only be estimated. Its extremely low average temperature, about {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}, means its surface is covered with methane, ethane, and possibly nitrogen ices.<ref name="brown" />

Makemake was discovered on March 31, 2005, by a team led by Michael E. 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.<ref name="IAU0806">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=pressrelease |type=Press release }}</ref><ref name="Brown">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="name" /><ref name="Tancredi">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Its name derives from Makemake in the mythology of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island.<ref name="IAU0806"/>


Makemake sections
Intro  History   Orbit and classification    Physical characteristics    Lack of satellites   Exploration   See also    Notes    References    External links   

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