Scientists discover dwarf planet 'Makemake' sans atmosphere

Nov 22 2012, 14:26 IST
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Dwarf planet makemake. (Picture Courtesy: NASA) Dwarf planet makemake. (Picture Courtesy: NASA)
SummaryAstronomers have discovered that a distant dwarf planet, about two thirds the size of Pluto, lacks atmosphere.

few stars. Accurately predicting and detecting these rare events is extremely difficult.

"Pluto, Eris and Makemake are among the larger examples of the numerous icy bodies orbiting far away from our Sun," said Jose Luis Ortiz.

"Our new observations have greatly improved our knowledge of one of the biggest, Makemake - we will be able to use this information as we explore the intriguing objects in this region of space further," Jose Luis Ortiz added.

Makemake is one of five dwarf planets so far recognised by the International Astronomical Union. The others are Ceres, Pluto, Haumea and Eris.

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