major planet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n major 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
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Usage

In literature:

I found the majority of these planets barren of all life, owing principally to their molten condition.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
At the close of the eighteenth century, mankind were acquainted with all the major planets except Neptune.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
Sergeant Major Koa, an experienced Planeteer with true understanding, came and stood beside him.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Jupiter is the first of the outer and greater planets, the major, or Jovian, group.
"Other Worlds" by Garrett P. Serviss
Major Heslet Quillan of the Subspace Engineers came breezing into Manon Planet's spaceport very early in the morning.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
These are minor changes, compared to the major ones they have done in fitting themselves for this planet.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Mars is another planet, and Major Harmon has landed there.
"Mother America" by Sam McClatchie
The Major has the little blonde that he has brought for the last month; his wife has Mr. Nikles of the Planet.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
The major planets are the remainder, namely, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
This was no comet, but a new major planet.
"Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works" by Edward Singleton Holden
Get over to them that there's more than one major viewpoint on this planet.
"Combat" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Saturn, as you probably know, is a major planet.
"The Vilbar Party" by Evelyn E. Smith
This is one of two major countries on the planet.
"Conquest Over Time" by Michael Shaara
It was not round, like a major planet or most moons.
"Asteroid of Fear" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Never was much of a planet for the great majority; never will be.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
There was the interior of the major station on Planet I.
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet" by Donald Allen Wollheim
These are minor changes compared to the major ones they have done in fitting themselves for this planet.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
This was the major planet, surely one of the Dog Star's pack; and he had alighted on one of its moons.
"Palos of the Dog Star Pack" by J. U. Giesy
It is a striking change to pass from Ceres, the giant of the minor planets, to Jupiter, the giant of the major planets.
"Are the Planets Inhabited?" by E. Walter Maunder
Neptune's orbit is more nearly circular than that of any of the major planets except Venus.
"An Introduction to the History of Science" by Walter Libby
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In news:

It's been dubbed one of the most innovative companies in history and the best place to work on the planet, but it's also facing major controversies on issues of privacy and business practices.
Pacific Design Technologies Inc in Goleta contributed several major components to NASA 's latest Mars rover, Curiosity, which landed safely August 5 on the Red Planet's Gale Crater.
The planets indicate that although one or two little things may go wrong you have nothing major to worry about, so cheer up.
After all, the vast majority of the pitchers on the planet cannot throw 100 mph while mixing in a nasty changeup, curveball and slider.
Lonely Planet, a major global guidebook publisher, posted its picks Wednesday for the "Top 10 US Destinations for 2013" on its website.
We Have Made Major Contributions to the Death of Planet Earth.
It is becoming clearer all the time that mankind is approaching a major turning point in its tenure on this planet.
I also mentioned that cotton acreage covers 2.5 percent of our planet's cultivated land, yet uses more insecticides than any other single major crop.
It orbits less than 10,000 km from the surface of Mars, which is closer to a major planet than any other moon in our solar system.
It was a momentous day in astronomy (the rest of the planets , visible to the naked eye, had been known for many centuries) and, it turns out, an equally major event in the history of bathroom humor.
Prior to 1980, it was generally accepted that the planet Saturn had three or four major rings.
This graphic compares the planetary system containing the red dwarf star known as KOI-961 and its planets with Jupiter and its major satellites.
This week brings us the major new game Halo 4 as well as Little Big Planet Karting.
Having the lowest voice on the planet or making the largest Frito pie in all of crunchy snack history garners major bragging rights.
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In science:

Obviously, this is only a rough estimate since the true minimal semi-major axis at which a planet can survive during the RGB phase depends on the detailed stellar structure and system properties.
Planets around evolved intermediate-mass stars. I. Two substellar companions in the open clusters NGC 2423 and NGC 4349
Figure 1 shows the semi-major axes a and eccentricities e of all observed extra-solar planets.
Tidal Evolution of Close-in Extra-Solar Planets
However, it must be noted that, according to Kenyon & Bromley (2004), the major part of the warm infrared excess may disappear within 1 –10 Myr during terrestrial planet formation around Sun-like star.
A near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. II. CHARA/FLUOR observations of six early-type dwarfs
The vast majority of planets discovered to date orbit solar type stars.
Transit Timing Observations of the Extrasolar Hot-Neptune Planet GL 436b
Herndon, J. M., Discovery of fundamental mass ratio relationships of whole-rock chondritic major elements: Implications on ordinary chondrite formation and on planet Mercury‟s composition, Curr.
Nature of Planetary Matter and Magnetic Field Generation in the Solar System
With this approach we can take into account possible projection effects, and then constraint the actual semi-major axis of the planets, instead of the projected separation, while also using the whole spatial information coming from the 2D detection limit maps evaluated in Sec. 3.2.3.
High resolution imaging of young M-type stars of the solar neighborhood: Probing the existence of companions down to the mass of Jupiter
Detection probability as a function of the mass and semi-major axis of the planets obtained with the MESS code (see text), for all the targets.
High resolution imaging of young M-type stars of the solar neighborhood: Probing the existence of companions down to the mass of Jupiter
For a single planet it provides a limit on the maximum semi-major axis of the planet.
Scattering of small bodies by planets: a potential origin for exozodiacal dust ?
An analytical limit on the maximum semi-major axis of a planet, if it is to be able to scatter particles as far inwards as the position of the exozodi at rzod i , as a function of the particle’s initial eccentricity.
Scattering of small bodies by planets: a potential origin for exozodiacal dust ?
Tidal evolution of 10M⊕ mass planets starting at different initial semi-major axes around either a fast rotating or a slow rotating 0.1M(cid:12) star with mean dissipation factor.
Effect of the stellar spin history on the tidal evolution of close-in planets
Tidal evolution of a 10M⊕ mass planet starting at different initial semi-major axis around either a fast rotating or a slow rotating 0.1M(cid:12) star.
Effect of the stellar spin history on the tidal evolution of close-in planets
Tidal evolution of a 1MJ mass planet starting at different initial semi-major axis around either a fast rotating (top panel) or a slow rotating (bottom panel) 1M(cid:12) star.
Effect of the stellar spin history on the tidal evolution of close-in planets
As above, we see in Fig. 8 that planets can survive in a wider range of initial semi-major axes around initially fast rotating stars.
Effect of the stellar spin history on the tidal evolution of close-in planets
Tidal evolution of a Jupiter mass planet starting at different initial semi-major axis around either fast rotating or a slow rotating 0.1M(cid:12) star.
Effect of the stellar spin history on the tidal evolution of close-in planets
Top panel: evolution of semi-major axis of a a planet around an initially fast rotating M-dwarf (bold solid lines) and around an initially slow rotating M-dwarf (dashed dotted lines).
Effect of the stellar spin history on the tidal evolution of close-in planets
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