Objects orbiting the Sun outside the orbit of Neptune are named after mythological figures, particularly those associated with creation. But the subset that orbit in a two-to-three resonance with Neptune -- the so-called "plutinos", such as Pluto and Orcus -- are named after figures associated with the underworld. In this case, the five TNOs, ordered by distance from the sun, are named:
- Orcus: the Etruscan and Roman god of the underworld.
- Haumea: the Hawaiian goddess of fertility; the telescope used to discover this object is located on Hawaiʻi.
- Quaoar: an important mythological figure of the Tongva, the indigenous people who originally occupied the land where CalTech is located.
- Makemake: the creator god of the Rapanui of Easter Island.
- Gonggong: a destructive Chinese water god.
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As the magician in question, let me know if you want more details about how this happened. :)
I've been creating unofficial symbols for large TNOs, notable satellites, and non-zodiac constellations since 2005 - I just post them on my admittedly-web-1.0 site. Since not many other people are doing this, the few artists, astrologers, Sailor Moon fans, and other outliers who want such symbols generally find mine. I explicitly release them to the public domain so they can be used for anything, though I do maintain a page for sightings of them elsewhere.
The Eris (not actually mine but I promote it) and Sedna symbols caught on enough with astrologers that they showed up in books and programs, so someone put it a unicode request for them and they were added to Unicode in 2018 - I didn't find out about those until an artist I follow included Eris in a font.
Last year, someone at NASA put out a poster about the dwarf planets that included the five symbols listed above. Another unicode enthusiast contacted me about helping create a proposal to encode them, though I didn't end up doing much beyond providing outlines for an example font. (The proposal includes many other uses beyond the NASA poster but I think that was the tipping point.) It was accepted and the Unicode folks thought it was interesting enough to promote it like this.
I thought that Makemake was the god of convoluted recursive software build environments.
No, you are thinking of Significantwhitespacemakemake.