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Hubble telescope finds new moon

May 2, 2016

The Hubble space telescope has found a tiny moon circling the dwarf planet Makemake.

Makemake is only 1300km wide, much smaller than planet Earth, and its newly discovered moon is just 160km across.

The team who found the moon says it was hard to spot because of how bright Makemake is.

The mini planet is part of the Kuiper belt, an area beyond Neptune that also includes Pluto.

Makemake was previously thought not to have a moon, unlike the other dwarf planets near it. Now it’s no longer the odd one out.

For the time being, Nasa has called the new moon MK2. Hopefully it will be given a more memorable name in the future.

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21 Comments

  1. Pancake

    June 11, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I think they should call the moon mini moon. Because it sounds really cute.

  2. IBalisticsquid

    May 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    They should call it WWE

  3. kool kid

    May 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    that is interesting

  4. jack

    May 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    i think the name should be named… the light moon

  5. rahman

    May 8, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    and for the moon john cena

  6. rahman

    May 8, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    they should call it the finder of mini moons 200000000

  7. rahman

    May 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    they should it the finder

  8. Luis

    May 6, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I think they should call it capak

  9. Duncan Jarm

    May 3, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I think they should call it hubble moon.

  10. Charley

    May 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    MK2 is the name of a classroom at my school!

  11. Pella

    May 3, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Wow

  12. Pella

    May 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Wow! That so cool.

  13. jacqueline

    May 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think MK2 is a fine name but i think it should be called the new moon just for a while so we actually know it is a new planet found!
    I think their could still be a better name than MK2.
    In my opinion they should call it mini moon. It sounds cute though!
    doesn’t it?

  14. HA HA HA

    May 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    They should call it Roman Reigns.

  15. nathan

    May 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    mini make is better

  16. jack

    May 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    year mini make

  17. Pokemon

    May 2, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I never knew that!

  18. Ollie

    May 2, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    It should be called MoonMoon

  19. Daisy

    May 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    That is so cool! I wonder if they will give it a better name, and also a better name because i don’t think MK2 is a very good name for a little moon. That is amazing that they found a new moon though!

  20. boben qzengo

    May 2, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Thats a stupid name!
    they should name it mini-make!

  21. nobody

    May 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    that is right!!!

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