Artist’s impression of the surface of the dwarf planet Makemake

This artist’s impression shows the surface of the distant dwarf planet Makemake. This dwarf planet is about two thirds of the size of Pluto, and travels around the Sun in a distant path that lies beyond that of Pluto, but closer to the Sun than Eris, the most massive known dwarf planet in the Solar System. Makemake was expected to have an atmosphere like Pluto, but this has now been shown to not be the case.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)

About the Image

Id:eso1246a
Type:Artwork
Release date:21 November 2012, 19:00
Related releases:eso1246
Size:4000 x 2667 px

About the Object

Name:Makemake
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet
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