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Transneptunian Dwarf Planet (136472) 2005 FY9 Named Makemake

Status Report From: USGS Astrogeology
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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The name Makemake has been approved for the transneptunian dwarf planet (136472) 2005 FY9.

Makemake is a creator god of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

For more information, see the page "Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers" in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Wikipedia entry:

Makemake (also represented as Make-make or MakeMake; [ˈmɑkeˈmɑke] (help·info)[1]) in the Rapa Nui mythology of Easter Island, was the creator of humanity, the god of fertility and the chief god of the "Tangata manu" or bird-man cult (this cult succeeded the islands more famous Moai era).

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