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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Prof Stephenson said: "Unlike some minor planets, Fristephenson does not cross the Earth's orbit, so it presents no danger to us here on Earth.
Suspecting they had found a new asteroid, the astronomers notified the Minor Planet Center, which initially designated the body 2000 JW8.
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According to Minor Planet Center's ranking charts (http://sanfrancisco.
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.
For example, Chiron, a minor planet thought to have come from the Kuiper Belt and now in orbit between Saturn and Uranus, also rotates about every 6 hours.
Graham Relf now posts useful information on the website of the Computing Section including finder charts of asteroids one month or so either side of opposition (for objects brighter than mag 12) as well as a list of forthcoming appulses of minor planet pairs which approach within 3' of each other.
This fall, when the International Astronomical Union redefined the term "planet" and reclassified Pluto as a minor planet, Pokemon USA immediately modified its online lesson on the solar system to reflect the change.
When it comes closer to the sun, Timothy Spahr of the Minor Planet Center at Harvard University expects it to put on as good a show as Hale-Bopp did in 1997.
Orbital computations made by Gareth Williams at the Minor Planet Center showed that the comet would pass through perihelion on 2013 March 11 at only 0.
The study has been published by the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
For the uncertain rotation periods, the period and magnitude amplitude are given with the source of this information being taken from the Minor Planet Observer website.