major planet


  • 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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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

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.

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