posted on Apr, 27 2016 @ 02:50 PM
originally posted by: samkent
OK so it has a moon.
Why is that so special?
I didn't say it was special. What I said was that Makemake was the only Kuiper belt dwarf planet to not have a known moon -- until now.
In fact, that makes Makemake LESS special than it previously was when it was thought6 to potentially be moonless. Now it is just like Pluto, Haumea,
Eris, Quaoar, Salacia and some other relatively large Kuiper belt bodies with moons.
I would think that if it turns out that most of these large Kuiper belt bodies are found to have moons (and I don't yet know if that is the case),
then the ones without moons would be conspicuous oddities, and potentially worthy of instigating why they are moonless. An astronomy doctoral student
could probably latch on to something like that.
edit on 4/27/2016 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)