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planetoids

(plan -ĕ-toidz) (minor planets) The minor members of the Solar System, especially asteroids, but also including comets, Kuiper belt objects, and trans-Neptunian objects.
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If we sort by value the body masses and the orbital periods of planets and largest planetoids of the Solar system, then we can see that for sequently following couples of a body mass M and an orbital period T the fractal dimension D is quite constant and closed to the model value of 3/2.
Mario may be running around all sides of an intricately twisted planetoid, for instance, or have to pull switches that shift gravitational fields to arrive at his destination.
The region beyond the realm of the nine planets might be home to many more planetoids - a smaller and closer one, called Quaoar, was discovered two years ago.
They are often referred to as mini-planets, minor planets, or planetoids.
Earth-based technology images planetoids and watches for collision-course meteors.
The ground beneath it melted, but when it had cooled down, out came the great Scarab, King of the Planetoids.
It sounds like an astronomy term, implying molten planetoids spiraling away from a large glowing mass.
Paul Cox of the Slooh observatory said the recent blitz of tiny planetoids could indicate they're pieces of a bigger planet that has broken up.
In [1] we have shown, that the connection between the body mass distribution and the distribution of orbital periods of planets and planetoids in the Solar System can be described by the scaling law:
We show that the planetoids from which the Earth formed can survive their immersion in the gas disk without falling into the Sun," he added.