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Scientists Discover Pluto's 'Little Sister' Makemake Has Its Own Moon - Newsy

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NASA announced Tuesday it discovered dwarf planet Makemake has its own moon. Researchers hope the finding will help shed light on Makemake's origins. Transcript: Pluto might not be a planet anymore, but at least it has some company at the edge of our solar system. In 2005, astronomers found a slightly smaller dwarf planet called Makemake in the Kuiper Belt in the outer reaches of the sun’s light. On Tuesday, NASA announced Makemake has a moon of its own. The moon is nicknamed MK 2, and astronomers first discovered it a year ago using the Hubble Telescope. It's about 100 miles in diameter and resides more than 4.2 billion miles away from the sun. Scientists believe it orbits about 13,000 miles away from Makemake, much closer than the average distance of 238,000 miles between our moon and the Earth. Finding the satellites and determining their mass can provide scientists with clues about how the celestial bodies were first formed. Scientists hugely overestimated Pluto’s size for decades until the discovery of its moon Charon shed new light on the dwarf planet in 1978. "The discovery of this moon has given us an opportunity to study Makemake in far greater detail than we ever would have been able to without the companion," researcher Alex Parker said. Scientists say they’ll need to do more research to learn more about MK 2’s orbit and composition. This video includes clips and images from NASA. Sources: NASA http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/hubble-discovers-moon-orbiting-the-dwarf-planet-makemake Space.com http://www.space.com/32702-dwarf-planet-makemake-moon-hubble-discovery.html NASA https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/19700445551 ------------------------------------- Newsy is your source for concise, unbiased video news and analysis covering the top stories from around the world. With persistent curiosity and no agenda, we strive to fuel meaningful conversations by highlighting multiple sides of every story. Newsy delivers the news and perspective you need without the hype and bias common to many news sources. See more at http://www.newsy.com/ Like Newsy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/newsyvideos/
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Text Comments (13)
Selangkir Putih (1 year ago)
Adam_The_Long (2 years ago)
saying that Pluto is not a planet, is simply Earth propaganda. in order to cut off trade routes with Pluto, in favor of Jupiter and it's low tax economy.
Harry Andruschak (2 years ago)
troll-blocking " Jeremias Ramos", and "Nick S".
Chanel K (2 years ago)
My nickname is MineCraft is Moon
Chanel K (2 years ago)
On not is
Trauma Induced (2 years ago)
Bullshit !! No one goes past the van Allen belts!!
Nik Hicks (2 years ago)
This doesn't surprise me space is forever expanding and changing so there's no telling what they will find next
Mario Nickel (2 years ago)
Since MakeMake was named after the god of easter island they should name MK 2 Eastro the god of fertile which the holiday was name after
Dwight Wulfgar (2 years ago)
Mahi Mahi ? good eating fish
Jeremias Ramos (2 years ago)
slevin parker (2 years ago)
lol 'kahron'
Jim Man (2 years ago)
i learn something new every day ...

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