minor planet


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minor planet

n.

minor planet

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(Celestial Objects) another name for asteroid1
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minor planet - any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sunminor planet - any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun
asteroid - any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)
celestial body, heavenly body - natural objects visible in the sky
KBO, Kuiper belt object - any of many minor planets in the Kuiper belt outside the orbit of Neptune at the edge of the solar system
solar system - the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field
Translations
småplanet
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Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA), first spotted the object in October 19 and submitted his discovery to the Minor Planet Center.
Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA), was first to identify the moving object and submit it to the Minor Planet Center.
And such a repeating sequence of events led to the formation of both Earth and Mars, as well as the minor planet Vesta in the main asteroid belt, according to researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named "Notkin" and approved by the Minor Planet Center in recognition of Geoff's contributions to science and education.
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 Center (MPC).
The minor planet 17059 |Elvis was discovered by Australian astronomer John Broughton in 1999 and named after Elvis Presley.
Historically the terms planetoid, minor planet and asteroid were interchangeable, but as astronomers learn more about the solar system, they've had to adapt their definitions (see also: Pluto).
Slooh will be providing orbital data to the Minor Planet Center all week in order to improve the asteroid's Uncertainty Parameter, and will highlight its progress throughout the week on Slooh.
If the minor planet has a moon, it may be seen (or even discovered) during such an occultation.
The researchers say that the water detected most likely came from a minor planet, at least 90 km in diameter but probably much larger, that once orbited the GD 61 star before it became a white dwarf around 200 million years ago.
28m, f/10 SCT and ST9XE CCD camera, and provided astrometry to the Minor Planet Center in time for my data to be used along with astrometric positions provided by several other observatories to fine-tune the orbit so that a Minor Planet Electronic Circular (MPEC) could be issued.
The name has nothing to do with the transatlantic Cunard liner - it follows a code used for newly-discovered asteroids by the US Minor Planet Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.