The naming was suggested by the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet
are celestial objects in what is called the ' main- belt', a region in the solar system roughly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
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.
"Scientifically and semantically, Pluto can't be a major planet and a minor planet
at the same time....
Several minor planets
have names with a South African connection.
Ceres may have a thin, permanent atmosphere distinguishing it from the other minor planets
You may well have a planetarium-style application on your personal computer which will cover most of the above, but what if you want to obsereve minor planets
The new work indicates that at least 3 percent and perhaps as much as 20 percent of all white dwarfs are contaminated in this way, with the debris most likely in the form of rocky minor planets
with a total mass of about that of a 140 km diameter asteroid.
Most of these minor planets
would likely settle into a domain where most comets are thought to reside--two regions postulated to exist at the outskirts of the solar system, the Kuiper belt and Oort cloud (SN:4/21/90, p.248).
Radar observers have now detected companions around 44 minor planets
passing close to Earth (eight of those were discovered first via optical photometry), and at least two such minor planets
have more than one companion.
(4080) Galinskij was chosen from a list of asteroids with doubtful absolute magnitude values published by the Minor Planets
Section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) as part of their Magnitude Alert Project (MAP).