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parallaxicality
2008-Jul-14, 04:43 AM
This info has only been in circulation for a few hours but, according to the working group on planetary nomenclature (http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html#DwarfPlanets), 2005 FY9 has been named "Makemake" and is now officially a dwarf planet. Makemake was the creator god of the people of Easter Island. Fitting, since its nickname was Easterbunny.

01101001
2008-Jul-14, 04:49 AM
Wikipedia: Makemake (dwarf planet) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makemake_(dwarf_planet))

parallaxicality
2008-Jul-14, 05:18 AM
Here's a link to Mike Brown's blog, in which he explains his mythic motivations for choosing the name (http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/2008/07/whats-in-name-part-2.html)

Drunk Vegan
2008-Jul-14, 06:02 AM
Pronounced maki-maki, in case anyone else was wondering.

grant hutchison
2008-Jul-14, 12:55 PM
Sigh.
Presumably we can now look forward to 2003 EL61 getting a name from the mythology of Christmas Island, since it was informally designated "Santa". :cry:

Grant Hutchison

01101001
2008-Jul-15, 03:13 PM
Planetary Society Weblog: Welcome to the Solar System, Makemake (http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00001553/)


"Makemake" is pronounced phonetically, if you speak Spanish or Italian, or, to transliterate it for English speakers, "MAH-kay-MAH-kay."

I like that better than Brown's own suggested Polynesian Maki-maki.

I've done enough Unix so it's a struggle to grant it more than 2 syllables: makemake, "make-make", a thing that makes makefiles.

JeDi
2008-Jul-15, 07:48 PM
I've done enough Unix so it's a struggle to grant it more than 2 syllables: makemake, "make-make", a thing that makes makefiles.
Does this mean we are not supposed to call it "imake" or "configure"? :D

Celestial Mechanic
2008-Jul-16, 12:42 PM
Just what we needed -- a dwarf planet whose name sounds like overpriced fish! :lol:

Kaptain K
2008-Jul-16, 03:43 PM
Just what we needed -- a dwarf planet whose name sounds like overpriced fish! :lol:

Damn! You beat me to it! :clap:

Warren Platts
2008-Jul-17, 12:37 AM
Sigh.
Presumably we can now look forward to 2003 EL61 getting a name from the mythology of Christmas Island, since it was informally designated "Santa". :cry:

Grant Hutchison
There's probably not much mythology on Christmas Island since it was uninhabited when Captain Cook found it. But Dr. Ortiz, the discoverer of 2003 EL61, is a devotee of the Titius-Bode pattern; he was kind enough to send his latest theory on how Eris fits the pattern so well it improves the Solar System's correlation coefficient (Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 379, 12221226 [2007])! It's about time that Titius or Bode got their name on a planet, seeing as how they were instrumental in the discovery of at least two of them! :razz:

Ilya
2008-Jul-17, 03:04 PM
There's probably not much mythology on Christmas Island since it was uninhabited when Captain Cook found it.

That's why they worship overpriced fish!

01101001
2008-Jul-17, 03:45 PM
That's why they worship overpriced fish!

Now the mahimahi references are beginning to run thin.

Mike Brown appears to have conceded (http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/2008_07_01_archive.html) his suggested pronunciation of Makemake as some Polynesian "Maki-maki" was wrong. The Polynesian pronunciation is "MAHkay MAHkay".

Maybe the fish jokes still work, but they work less well to my ear -- and don't ask me how they smell.

Kaptain K
2008-Jul-17, 08:41 PM
As if we didn't have enough thin ice around here lately! :whistle:

grant hutchison
2008-Jul-17, 10:23 PM
The i-Kiribati people, who colonized Kiritimati (the "Christmas Island" in the Pacific which was rediscovered by Captain Cook), have quite a rich mythology. It includes a creator god, Nareau, who inhabits a dark, primeval world called Te Bo-ma-te-maki.
That would be an interesting name to pitch to the IAU. :)

Grant Hutchison

Neverfly
2008-Jul-17, 11:31 PM
That would be an interesting name to pitch to the IAU. :)

Grant Hutchison

Please do not confuse the IAU.

It's bad enough as it is...

01101001
2008-Jul-20, 03:26 AM
IAU Press Release: Fourth dwarf planet named Makemake (http://www.iau.org/public_press/news/release/iau0806/) (July 19)


The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has given the name Makemake to the newest member of the family of dwarf planets — the object formerly known as 2005 FY9 — after the Polynesian creator of humanity and the god of fertility.

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.

Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh) is one of the largest objects known in the outer Solar System and is just slightly smaller and dimmer than Pluto, its fellow plutoid. The dwarf planet is reddish in colour and astronomers believe the surface is covered by a layer of frozen methane.

Kaptain K
2008-Jul-20, 03:57 AM
A dwarf planet so nice, they named it twice! :whistle:

parallaxicality
2008-Jul-20, 12:03 PM
Could someone please locate an official (MPC, IAU) declaration of what kind of KBO it is? The scientific sources are all over the map; some saying it's classical, some saying it's resonant (in a 6:11 resonance), with others saying it's a near scattered object. The fact that the IAU named it after a creator god would appear to suggest they consider it a classical object, but it would be nice to get some confirmation. Thanks.

dtilque
2008-Jul-21, 10:50 AM
It's about time that Titius or Bode got their name on a planet, seeing as how they were instrumental in the discovery of at least two of them! :razz:

Which two were those?

parallaxicality
2008-Jul-21, 06:17 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bode%27s_law

It really should just be Titius. But it doesn't matter anyway; if Ortiz wins (and I hope he doesn't- I smell a whiff of fish in his claim) he'll have to name it after a creation deity.

Warren Platts
2008-Jul-22, 10:09 PM
Well, in that case, since we're limited to Polynesian creation deities, how about Planet John Frum! :D

parallaxicality
2008-Jul-22, 10:52 PM
Sure why not? Though we're not limited to Polynesian deities. Mike Brown just happens to like them because he works in Hawaii.

eburacum45
2008-Jul-23, 05:00 AM
Or John Frum's brother, the Duke of Edinburgh.