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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PEKyN (CyHAN)- Five minor planets have been named after top Chinese scientists, including the country's first Nobel laureate scientist Tu Youyou, at a ceremony held Monday.
Once again there were no favourable minor planet events taking place over the areas covered by our observers in 2010.
The name had to be 19 characters or less, preferably one word, pronounceable, not too similar to an existing named minor planet or natural satellite and had to be submitted with an original short story featuring the named asteroid.
In addition, the Minor Planet Center, an office of the International Astronomical Union located at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will publish their names with their finding.
The minor planet named after him is called 25620 Jayaprakash.
Nevertheless, it has been classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) by the Minor Planet Centre in Cambridg e, Massachusetts
Nevertheless, it has been classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) by the Minor Planet Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, because of the proximity of its orbit to Earth and its estimated size.
"By 1980, I said that maybe we shouldn't be calling Pluto a planet anymore," says Brian Marsden, director of the IAU's Minor Planet Center.
However, experts at the Minor Planet Center of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, stress that the possibility of collision with Earth is minimal, saying, ''The chance is less than winning the lottery.''
SCIENTIST Stephen Hawking yesterday described humans as "chemical scum on a minor planet".
NASA solar system ambassador Eddie Irizarry, in an article on (https://earthsky.org/space/double-asteroid-1999-kw4-closest-may-25-2019) EarthSky , explained that although the asteroid is considered a near-earth object that was considered a potentially hazardous object by the Minor Planet Center, it doesn't pose a risk to our planet.
They are about one to two kilometers (miles) across, said astronomer Gareth Williams of the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center.