Monday, May 9, 2016
Our solar system has a new moon, MK 2
NASA announced last week that they have discovered a new moon, orbiting the dwarf planet Makemake (pronounced either "maKI-maKI" or "ma-KAY-ma-KAY" depending upon who you ask). The dwarf planet is in the Kuiper Belt which lies beyond the orbit of Neptune. (Remember when Pluto was demoted to 'dwarf planet', making Neptune once again the outermost planet?)
MK 2 is "Charcoal Black" whereas Makemake is snowy white, which made it difficult to find initially. But the Hubble telescope found it with its specialized equipment.