Namaka’s provisional designation in astronomy is S/2005 (2003 EL61) 2.

Namaka is the smaller, inner moon of the dwarf planet Haumea. In Hawaiian mythology, Namaka appears as a sea goddess or a water spirit in the Pele cycle.

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Artist's impression of Haumea based on Image of Mimas PIA08172, artist's impression of Namaka based on Image of 1989N1 PIA00062, artist's impression of Hi‘iaka based on Image of Janus PIA10455, all courtesy of NASA / JPL / Space Science Institute.

Image of The Far Side of The Moon PIA00225 courtesy of NASA / JPL-Caltech.

Image of Earth AS17-148-22730 courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.

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