small solar system body

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small solar system body

n.
Any of various celestial bodies, such as asteroids and comets, that orbit the sun and are not classified as either planets or dwarf planets. See Usage Note at planet.
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In this comparison, asteroids are relatively nearby - forming a belt of relatively small celestial bodies strewn into orbit, somewhere between Mars and Jupiter.
Washington, July 26 ( ANI ): A new study of observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has revealed that most centaurs - the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune - are actually comets.
asteroid Any of numerous small celestial bodies that orbit the sun, chiefly between Mars and Jupiter.
asteroids Small celestial bodies that revolve around the sun, usually with orbits lying between Mars and Jupiter.