minor planet
noun Date: 1823 asteroid

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  • Minor planet — Not to be confused with Dwarf planet. A minor planet is an astronomical object in direct orbit around the Sun that is neither a dominant planet nor a comet, and thus includes the dwarf planets. The orbital categories of minor planets are the… …   Wikipedia

  • Minor planet — Asteroid (243) Ida mit Mond Dactyl NEAR Aufnahme des Asteroiden (433) Eros …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • minor planet — noun a) An asteroid which orbits the Sun and is larger than 10 meters in diameter but smaller than a dwarf planet. b) Those planets smaller than Earth, specifically Mercury, Venus, Mars …   Wiktionary

  • Minor Planet —    An object orbiting the Sun, that is smaller than a planet and has no atmosphere or any type of activity associated with comets. There are three types of asteroids. Irons (5.7%)    made of mainly iron and nickel; Stones (92.8%)    made of… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • minor planet — Astron. asteroid (def. 1). [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • minor planet — noun an asteroid …   English new terms dictionary

  • minor planet — /maɪnə ˈplænət/ (say muynuh planuht) noun → asteroid (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • minor planet — noun any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun • Syn: ↑planetoid • Hypernyms: ↑celestial body, ↑heavenly body • Hyponyms: ↑asteroid, ↑Kuiper belt object, ↑KBO …   Useful english dictionary

  • Minor Planet Bulletin —   Discipline Astronomy Language English …   Wikipedia

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