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Atmosphere Lacking On Dwarf Planet Makemake
2012-11-21 15:33:44

[ Watch the Video: The Occultation of Dwarf Planet Makemake ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observations using three telescopes at the European Space Observatory's (ESO) Chile location have shown that the dwarf planet Makemake does not have much of an atmosphere after all. Astronomers originally predicted that the planet had an atmosphere like Pluto, but the new observations published in the journal Nature show that it actually doesn't. The planet is...


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