minor planet


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n minor planet any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun
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In literature:

Thus might be explained the hundreds of planetoids, or minor planets, which we find between Mars and Jupiter.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Perhaps some day we may have the honor of being registered among the minor planets.
"Off on a Comet" by Jules Verne
The combined bulk of these minor planets is believed to be but a fraction of that of the earth.
"A History of Science, Volume 3(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Here he named the minor waters of the Planet and the Comet, and Zamia Creek.
"The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work" by Ernest Favenc
It happens to be a very important minor planet.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
They inhabit most of this universe, leaving the Thessians but four planets of a minor sun, way off in one corner.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
This earth is but one minor planet of a minor system.
"Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" by Charles Kingsley
After ten hours they saw the huge Jupiter Equilateral orbit-ship looming up in the viewscreen like a minor planet.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
One was your Earth, the other a minor planet circling the star you call Vega.
"Zehru of Xollar" by Hal K. Wells
No doubt these minor planets are all of them some few miles, and some of them a great many miles, in diameter.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball

In news:

Quaoar, an icy minor planet in the Kuiper Belt with half the size of Pluto, shows a surprisingly young face hinting at volcanic activity.
The Minor Planets are Eric Christopher and Dana Thompson, who perform with a revolving cast of alternative country, bluegrass and jazz guest musicians.
(Courtesy of The Minor Planets /Heidi Ehalt).
Ten years between albums, The Minor Planets arrive at a transformed landscape.
The Minor Planets Web site.
Canadian astronomer Gary Billings discovered Minor Planet 40463, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

In science:

UDEM is a small private college observatory having Minor Planet Center Code 720 located in the suburbs of Monterrey, M ´exico.
TASTE. III. A homogeneous study of transit time variations in WASP-3b
We identify and remove these known transients by comparing to the SIMBAD catalogue2 and the Minor Planet Checker3 .
Large-Scale Image Processing with the ROTSE Pipeline for Follow-Up of Gravitational Wave Events
Specifically, we test whether the candidate appears on more than one night, whether its coordinates overlap with a known variable source (by querying the SIMBAD catalogue) or with an asteroid (by querying the Minor Planet Checker), and if the lightcurve of the potential candidate varies sufficiently.
Large-Scale Image Processing with the ROTSE Pipeline for Follow-Up of Gravitational Wave Events
Hollenbach, Yorke, & Johnstone (2000) concluded that planet formation is a minor disk removal mechanism, and that the dominant mechanisms for a wide range of disk sizes are viscous accretion and photoevaporation, operating in concert within the disk.
Viscous diffusion and photoevaporation of stellar disks
In fact, the quadrupole moment plays an important role in the accurate computation of several astrophysical quantities, such as the ephemeris of the planets or the general relativistic prediction for the precession of the perihelion of Mercury and other minor planets such as Icarus.
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission