Makemake
Number
136472
Provisional name
2005 FY9
Class
Dwarf Planet
Plutoid
Cubewano
Discovery date
31.03.2005
Discovery chart
Discovery position
20 Virgo 16' Rx
Time of announcement
29.07.2005 - 19:50 UT
Naming
Orbital period
309 years
Orbit
  • crosses the orbit of Pluto
Aphelion
52.775 AU
Perihelion
37.918 AU
Semimajor axis
45.346 AU
Magnitude
-0.3
Diameter
1300 - 1900 km

Photograph copyright © Susanna Kauppinen. All rights reserved.
Photo: Copyright © Susanna Kauppinen.

Mythology
Makemake is the creator of humanity and the god of fertility in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). 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.

Astrology