minor planet

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minor planet:

see asteroidasteroid,
 planetoid,
or minor planet,
small body orbiting the sun. More than 300,000 asteroids have been identified and cataloged; more than a million are believed to exist in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, with many more in the Kuiper belt
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minor planet

See asteroids; planetoids.

minor planet

[′mīn·ər ′plan·ət]
(astronomy)
Those planets smaller than the earth, specifically Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Pluto.
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Indian students who now have minor planets named after them had won awards in the Intel competition last year.
Professor Francis Richard Stephenson, 63, of Fenham, Newcastle, has spent his life studying cosmic phenomena and has now been honoured by having a minor planet named after him.
So I gave the names to the minor planets to encourage Mr.
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After the Pluto encounter, the New Horizons spacecraft will head to the Kuiper Belt, a disk-shaped cloud beyond the orbit of Neptune where short- period comets are thought to form and objects called ice dwarfs and minor planets have been detected.
But that's not the way many interpreted his proposal last year that this icy orb, discovered in 1930, belongs in a catalog of objects known as the minor planets.
Brian's professional astronomy colleagues will also miss someone who not only excelled in the investigation of the orbits of comets and minor planets, but, in addition, effectively policed potential discoveries and their validity, mainly through his work at the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.
Minor planets are named for Shakespeare, Michaelangelo, Beethoven -- and also for Garcia (Jerry), Clapton (Eric) and James Bond.
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Indeed precious little evidence for the existence of nebulosity or coma associated with minor planets can be found in the historical literature.
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