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MakeMake

MakeMake is a Kuiper Belt object, a large rock that orbits round outside the orbit of Neptune. It has been categorised as a Trans-Neptunian object. It has an alternative name which is 2005 FY9.

MakeMake was discovered on 2005-03-31 by M. E. Brown, C. A. Trujillo, D. L. Rabinowitz.

The absolute magnitude of the object is -0.2 which is the brightness of the object. A higher absolute magnitude means that the object is faint whereas a very low number means it is very bright.

The Aphelion of the object is 52.760 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is furthest from the object that it is orbit. At this point, it will then return back to the orbit target. The Perihelion of the object is 38.357 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is closest to the object that it is orbit around. The Longitude of Ascending Node of the object is 79.6 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 295.1. It is the angle along the orbit of a planet or other Solar System object as measured from the ascending node (analogous to right ascension and longitude) Ref:Hawaii.

The mean anomoly is 164.0, is the angular distance of the planet from the perihelion or aphelion. Ref:Dictionary.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 45.558, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which MakeMake orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 29 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.158, it is the degree at which MakeMake orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

MakeMake Facts


TypeKuiper Belt Object
Number136472
Alternative Name2005 FY9
Date of Discovery2005-03-31
DiscovererM. E. Brown, C. A. Trujillo, D. L. Rabinowitz
Absolute Magnitude-0.2
Aphelion (Furthest)52.760 A.U.
Perihelion (Nearest)38.357 A.U.
Longitude Of Ascending Node79.6
Argument of Perihelion295.1
Mean Anomoly164.0
Semi-Major Axis45.558
Orbital Inclination29
Orbital Eccentricity0.158


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