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major planet

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(Celestial Objects) a planet of the solar system, as opposed to an asteroid (minor planet)
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Noun1.major planet - (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected lightmajor planet - (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
biosphere - the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist
celestial body, heavenly body - natural objects visible in the sky
inferior planet - any of the planets whose orbit lies inside the earth's orbit
gas giant, Jovian planet - any of the four outermost planets in the solar system; much larger than Earth and gaseous in nature (like Jupiter)
daystar, morning star, Phosphorus, Lucifer - a planet (usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky
outer planet - (astronomy) a major planet whose orbit is outside the asteroid belt (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
solar system - the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field
superior planet - any of the planets whose orbit lies outside the earth's orbit
terrestrial planet - a planet having a compact rocky surface like the Earth's; the four innermost planets in the solar system
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However, its status as a major planet fell into question following further study of it and the outer Solar System over the ensuing 75 years.
Formation of the planets in more remote orbits it is unlikely, where the less often they exist, the more massive major planet [8].
25 per min LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23 Major planet shifts often correspond with significant life changes, so when Saturn arrives in your home and family sector this Friday, it's likely that you will begin a two-year chapter bringing new or strengthened family or domestic foundations.
Herschel saw the sun, with its "openings, indentations, ridges, nodules and pores", as an object, naming its parts scientifically, thus setting himself against the historic view of the sun as an unknowable, unseeable, major planet.
Neptune is the most distant major planet in our solar system.
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Rather than producing an encyclopedia the size of a major planet, Cartwright (science, U.
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Saturn probably is the most beautiful major planet.
Two striking changes to the solar system after the 2006 IAU decision were the demotion of Pluto from major planet status, and the inclusion of Ceres as a dwarf planet.