Fast Facts: Dwarf planet, Makemake

Fast Facts: Dwarf planet, Makemake
Age 4.5 billion years, about the same age as the Sun
Location Solar system, Kuiper belt region
Avg. distance from the Sun 6.850 ◊109 km (4.25 ◊ 109 mi)
The distance varies because Makemakeís orbit around the Sun is elongated. Makemake can be as far as 7.9 ◊ 109 km (4.9 ◊ 109 mi) and as near as 5.7 ◊ 109 km (3.5 ◊ 109 mi). 5,914,000,000 km (3,674,000,000 miles)
Diameter Smaller than Pluto; estimated to be between 1,300 km and 1,900 km (808 miles to 1,181 miles)
Mass Estimated to be 3 ◊ 1021 kg (6.6 ◊ 1021 lbs)
The mass is difficult to determine because Makemake has no moon.
Orbital period around the Sun 310 Earth years (113,150 Earth days)
Number of moons Zero
Distinguishing features Makemake was discovered in March 2005 and is classified as a dwarf planet, the fourth to attain this designation. Its color is reddish-brown, and it has no atmosphere. The dwarf planetís surface may be covered in frozen methane. It is named after the god of fertility in Rapanui (Easter Island) mythology.
Makemake
[Top] Makemake is shown in this Hubble Space Telescope image. Note: The cross-shaped spikes extending from Makemake are not part of the dwarf planet, but are produced within the telescopeís imaging system.

[Bottom] This artist conception of the largest known Kuiper Belt objects includes Makemake.

Fast Facts: Dwarf planet, Makemake