Objects recognized by the IAU as dwarf planets
|Name||Region of the Solar System||Planetary discriminant|
|Pluto||Kuiper belt (plutino)||0.077|
|Haumea||Kuiper belt (12:7)||0.020|
|Makemake||Kuiper belt (cubewano)||0.02|
In this manner, why is makemake called Makemake?
Makemake (pronounced mah-kee-mah-kee) is named after the god of fertility in Rapanui mythology. The Rapanui are the native people of Easter Island. Along with fellow dwarf planets Pluto and Haumea, Makemake is located in the Kuiper Belt, a region outside the orbit of Neptune.
Why is it called a dwarf planet?
Because it has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit, Pluto is considered a dwarf planet. It orbits in a disc-like zone beyond the orbit of Neptune called the Kuiper belt, a distant region populated with frozen bodies left over from the solar system's formation.
Who discovered planet Makemake?
Michael E. Brown
David L. Rabinowitz