On this day in 2005 – March 31st – the dwarf planet Makemake was discovered by Michael E. Brown, Chadwick A. Trujillo and David L. Rabinowitz.

Makemake derives its name from a creator deity in the mythology of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island.

Mona Evans
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