major planet

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Synonyms for major planet

(astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light

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The same can be said of the satellite systems of the major planets.
Scientifically and semantically, Pluto can't be a major planet and a minor planet at the same time.
This theory was based on the idea that the gravity of a gigantic, hidden ninth planet could have shaken up Uranus --the seventh major planet from the sun--enough to explain its irregularities.
Voyager's visit will be the first by a spacecraft to a major planet that is almost invisible to observers on earth without the aid of a telescop.
He pointed out that actually Pluto was the first and subsequently other objects were found in similar orbits, thus suggesting they were all part of a group and that Pluto should be 'demoted' from its position as a major planet.
Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun and un-observable these months, leaving Saturn as the only other major planet on view.
Glowing weakly at magnitude 8, Neptune is the faintest major planet.
If you don't count Pluto, this means that every major planet in the solar system has now been tracked around at least one full orbit.
The fragments, gravitationally perturbed by major planets, now follow 12-year orbits (Arter and Williams admit that "no totally convincing explanation for the observed periodicity has been found," though).
The object approached our solar system from almost directly "above" the ecliptic, the approximate plane in space where the planets and most asteroids orbit the Sun, so it did not have any close encounters with the eight major planets during its plunge toward the Sun.
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Seven major planets move through the constellations of the zodiac that encircle Earth's sky.
By the end of April, signs of stability begin to appear, because three major planets will be located at water signs, forming an isosceles triangle.
The week kicks off with six out of the seven major planets and luminaries in water signs.