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Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase     V
2011 02 27 12 39 53.1 +27 51 37 51.3837 52.2024 145.5 0.6 16.9
2011 02 28 12 39 49.6 +27 52 13 51.3788 52.2025 146.0 0.6 16.9
2011 03 01 12 39 46.1 +27 52 48 51.3742 52.2027 146.4 0.6 16.9
2011 03 02 12 39 42.6 +27 53 22 51.3698 52.2028 146.9 0.6 16.9
2011 03 03 12 39 38.9 +27 53 56 51.3657 52.2029 147.3 0.6 16.9
2011 03 04 12 39 35.3 +27 54 30 51.3618 52.2031 147.8 0.6 16.9
2011 03 05 12 39 31.6 +27 55 04 51.3582 52.2032 148.2 0.6 16.9
2011 03 06 12 39 27.9 +27 55 37 51.3549 52.2034 148.5 0.6 16.8
2011 03 07 12 39 24.1 +27 56 09 51.3518 52.2035 148.9 0.6 16.8
2011 03 08 12 39 20.3 +27 56 42 51.3490 52.2037 149.2 0.6 16.8
2011 03 09 12 39 16.5 +27 57 13 51.3465 52.2038 149.5 0.6 16.8
2011 03 10 12 39 12.6 +27 57 45 51.3442 52.2039 149.7 0.5 16.8
2011 03 11 12 39 08.7 +27 58 16 51.3422 52.2041 149.9 0.5 16.8
2011 03 12 12 39 04.7 +27 58 46 51.3404 52.2042 150.1 0.5 16.8
2011 03 13 12 39 00.8 +27 59 16 51.3389 52.2044 150.3 0.5 16.8
2011 03 14 12 38 56.8 +27 59 45 51.3377 52.2045 150.4 0.5 16.8
2011 03 15 12 38 52.8 +28 00 14 51.3367 52.2046 150.5 0.5 16.8
2011 03 16 12 38 48.7 +28 00 43 51.3360 52.2048 150.6 0.5 16.8
2011 03 17 12 38 44.7 +28 01 11 51.3356 52.2049 150.6 0.5 16.8
2011 03 18 12 38 40.6 +28 01 38 51.3354 52.2051 150.7 0.5 16.8
2011 03 19 12 38 36.5 +28 02 05 51.3355 52.2052 150.6 0.5 16.8
2011 03 20 12 38 32.4 +28 02 31 51.3359 52.2054 150.6 0.5 16.8
2011 03 21 12 38 28.2 +28 02 57 51.3365 52.2055 150.5 0.5 16.8
2011 03 22 12 38 24.1 +28 03 22 51.3374 52.2056 150.4 0.5 16.8
2011 03 23 12 38 19.9 +28 03 47 51.3385 52.2058 150.2 0.5 16.8
2011 03 24 12 38 15.7 +28 04 11 51.3399 52.2059 150.0 0.5 16.8
2011 03 25 12 38 11.5 +28 04 35 51.3416 52.2061 149.8 0.5 16.8
2011 03 26 12 38 07.3 +28 04 58 51.3435 52.2062 149.6 0.6 16.8
2011 03 27 12 38 03.1 +28 05 20 51.3457 52.2063 149.3 0.6 16.8
2011 03 28 12 37 58.9 +28 05 42 51.3482 52.2065 149.0 0.6 16.8
2011 03 29 12 37 54.6 +28 06 03 51.3509 52.2066 148.7 0.6 16.8
2011 03 30 12 37 50.4 +28 06 23 51.3539 52.2068 148.4 0.6 16.9
2011 03 31 12 37 46.2 +28 06 43 51.3571 52.2069 148.0 0.6 16.9


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Dwarf Planet (136472) Make-make makes its closest approach to the Earth (51.283 AU) on the 16th March, 2010.

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"Far beyond the moon and stars,  Twenty light-years south of Mars,  Spins the gentle Bunny Planet,  And the Bunny Queen is Janet"  - Voyage to the Bunny Planet  by Rosemary Wells.

A few years ago, astronomer Mike Brown of Caltech discovered a small planet. It was farther away from Earth than Mars is, farther away than Jupiter, farther even than Pluto. He found it a few days after Easter, so he decided to call it Easterbunny. The solar system finally had a bunny planet!

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Several readers pointed out that the correct Polynesian pronunciation of Make-make is not Maki-maki, as I suggested, but rather MAH-kay MAH-kay (where the capitals show accent).
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Members of the International Astronomical Union's Committee on Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN) and the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) have decided to name the newest member of the plutoid family Makemake, and have classified it as the fourth dwarf planet in our Solar System and the third plutoid.

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A dwarf planet orbiting beyond Neptune has been designated the third plutoid in the solar system and given the name Makemake, the International Astronomical Union said on Saturday.
The red methane-covered dwarf planet formerly known as 2005 FY9 or "Easterbunny" is named after a Polynesian creator of humanity and god of fertility.

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One of the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy bodies beyond Neptune, has finally gotten a name: Makemake, after a god in the culture of Easter Island.

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Makemake is the creator of humanity and the god of fertility in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui. He was the chief god of the Tangata manu bird-man cult and was worshipped in the form of sea birds, which were his incarnation. His material symbol, a man with a bird's head, can be found carved in petroglyphs on the island.

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(136472) Makemake (formerly (136472) 2005 FY9) is a very large Kuiper belt object, and one of the two largest among the population in the classical KBO orbits. It was discovered on March 31, 2005 by the team led by Michael Brown. Makemake is now officially classified as a dwarf planet and plutoid.

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Dr. Michael Brown,
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associate professor of planetary astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, presented his discovery and major findings of the most distant object ever detected orbiting the Sun, at a press media teleconference held on the 29 th July, 2005.
He and his colleagues made the observations as part of a NASA-funded research project.
UPDATE: 10.09.05 The new Trans-Neptunian objects are being formally announced this week at a planetary conference in Cambridge, England.
Bearing the extremely temporary names 'Xena,'(2003 UB313)(now known as Eris), 'Santa,' (2003 EL61) ( and 'Easterbunny,'(2005 FY9) the conference in Cambridge represents the first formal, scientific disclosure of the objects.

"They're just weird, and it appears that they must have been thrown into their unusual positions by Neptune's gravity jolting them like a slingshot" - Michael E. Brown

The three astronomers are Michael E. Brown of the California Institute of Technology, Chadwick A. Trujillo of the University of Hawaii and David Rabinovitz of Yale University. Trujillo and Rabinovitz are discussing their finds at a planetary conference this week in Cambridge, England, but Brown stayed home because he promised his wife he'd help care for their new baby.
Informally, Brown's team named Xena after TV's Warrior Princess; Santa because it was discovered last Dec. 28, just after Christmas, and Easterbunny because it appeared just before Easter this year.
The light-hearted names are unlikely to be recognized officially
  Easterbunny


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