minor planet


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Recent Examples on the Web That’s the minor planet, or asteroid -- located on the lengthy asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- that recently was named for South Euclid and Lyndhurst, thanks to the efforts of Jay Haarburger. cleveland.com, "Asteroid 1999JH1 now renamed for South Euclid-Lyndhurst area," 19 July 2019 Caltech’s Konstantin Batygin, for one, does not think the Kuiper Belt objects have enough mass to pull minor planets and asteroid out of their orbit. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Is the Mysterious Planet Nine Just a Swarm of Asteroids?," 6 June 2018 Monuments, squares, streets and even a minor planet discovered in 1968 were named after her. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: The Russian Icon Who Was Hanged for Killing a Czar," 30 May 2018 Formed nearly a century ago to encourage international cooperation in the burgeoning field of astronomy, the IAU now regulates asteroid names—along with planets, minor planets, comets, moons and geographical features on planets and moons. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "How Do New Planets Get Their Names?," 17 Mar. 2017 In 1960, a minor planet was named Mariacunitia in her honor by R. H. van Gent, and later, in 1973 when Richard Goldstein and his team at JPL discovered Venus to be covered in craters, Cunitz Crater received her name. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The 17th-Century Lady Astronomer Who Took Measure of the Stars," 2 Mar. 2017

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Minor planet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minor%20planet. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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