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September 17 2016 Astronomy Newsletter

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Easter Island and a distant dwarf planet – what do they have in common? The answer is Makemake – the creator god in the Rapa Nui mythology of Easter Island. How did his name come to be given to a small frozen body seven billion kilometers (four billion miles) from the Sun?

*Birth anniversaries*

(1) September 9, 1789: William Cranch Bond was born. He was an American astronomer and pioneer of astrophotography, and the first director of the Harvard College Observatory.

(2) September 11, 1877: James Jeans was born. Sir James Jeans was an English astrophysicist and mathematician who made important contributions to the theories of radiation and stellar evolution, as well as quantum theory and other areas of physics.

*Found at last*

The Rosetta mission ends at the end of this month, but it won't end with our still wondering where Philae is. Lost in November 2014, here he is: A Rosetta Navigation Camera image taken on 16 April 2015 is shown at top right for context, with the approximate location of Philae on the small lobe of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko marked.

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