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May 01, 2016

Shut Your Whore Mouth, I am Too A Planet! (CBD)


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So....We have planets, dwarf planets, Both with and without moons (up until now), asteroids, and probably some other stuff. And did anyone know that Pluto has three companions? Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. But until recently, Makemake was the odd dwarf out; no moon! Until Tuesday.

Payback for all of the taunting! Makemake, the dwarf planet, has a moon!

The four dwarves are in the Kuiper Belt, which is beyond Neptune, and a long way from Moria.

"Makemake was the odd one out," said Alex Parker, a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. "Makemake was the only one that didn't have a moon."

Michael E. Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology who led the team that discovered Haumea, Makemake and Eris, and the moons of Haumea and Eris, had looked for moons around Makemake, too. He did not find any, but that was not necessarily the end of the story. "I've always been suspicious in the back of my mind," he said.

Who knew that moons could be sneaky little bastards?

Supposedly there is mithril to be mined on Makemake's moon, but the orc situation will be a huge problem.


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