minor planet

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Synonyms for minor planet

any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun

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DepEd said Eugene Rivera, Joscel Kent Manzanero and Keith Russel Cadores of Camarines Sur National High School in Naga City "each received a certificate identifying their very own minor planet and an orbital plot showing its current location." The agency noted that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory has been naming asteroids it discovered in honor of high school students who excel at science competitions since 2001.
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lf the minor planet has a moon, it may be seen (or even discovered) during such an occultation.
The observatory also will be able to see minor planets and other objects beyond Neptune and even watch them cross in front of nearby stars.
The five minor planets were discovered between 1995 and 1999 by the Beijing Schmidt CCD Asteroid Program at the Xinglong observation station in north China.
It should be pointed out that minor planet Scheila is very unusual in that, based on its spectral reflectance characteristics, it belongs to a relatively rare class of asteroid, the T-type.
Jayaprakash, Mukherjee, Sarkar and Vaishnav are some of the new minor planets named after Indian students who became eligible for the honour by virtue of their performance at an international school science fair organised by microchip maker Intel.
Chapters focus on radio astronomy, optical astronomy, minor planets, the Big Bang theory, Einstein's theories, and many other topics that those in the field will find fascinating.
ON THE FIRST DAY of the nineteenth century, an Italian astronomer by the name of Piazzi discovered the asteroid Ceres, one of the thousands of minor planets revolving around the sun in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Prof Stephenson said: "Unlike some minor planets, Fristephenson does not cross the Earth's orbit, so it presents no danger to us here on Earth.
Two minor planets found in 1995 and named after the science fiction ''Kamen Rider'' character and actor have been registered with the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union Circulars (IAU) in the United States, a local planetarium official said Monday.
He explained asteroids are minor planets that orbit the sun mainly between Mars and Jupiter.
But that's not the way many interpreted his proposal last year that this icy orb, discovered in 1930, belongs in a catalog of objects known as the minor planets. The category includes such solar system detritus as asteroids and inactive comets.
"Through May of this year, 4,848 minor planets have been numbered by the International Astronomical Union."
As more such objects were found in the same region, they became known as asteroids, or minor planets. Ceres was initially classified as a planet and later called an asteroid.