On the Size, Shape, and Density of Dwarf Planet Makemake

  title={On the Size, Shape, and Density of Dwarf Planet Makemake},
  author={M. E. Brown},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  • M. Brown
  • Published 25 March 2013
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astrophysical Journal
A recent stellar occultation by the dwarf planet Makemake provided an excellent opportunity to measure the size and shape of one of the largest objects in the Kuiper belt. The analysis of these results provided what were reported to be precise measurements of the lengths of the projected axes, the albedo, and even the density of Makemake, but these results were, in part, derived from qualitative arguments. We reanalyzed the occultation timing data using a quantitative statistical… 

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