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Examples of planet in a Sentence
our collective responsibility to conserve the planet and its natural resources for future generations
Recent Examples of planet from the Web
Earthquakes are some of our planet's most devastating natural disasters.
Winfrey, who joins 60 Minutes as a contributor this fall, is one of the wealthiest people on the planet.
This movie, a testament to the power of seeing, provides a long and uncommonly vivid look at a human crisis that’s changing the face of our planet.
Leaping to a whiteboard, Mr Li calculates that the impact China’s cars have had on the planet over the past decade equals that of all cars in the previous 100 years.
The early solar system was a chaotic place, and astronomers now suspect many of the planets may have wandered before settling into today’s orbits.
In the long term, this testing, prototyping and exploration will serve a second purpose: to create the robots that will search for life on the moons of other planets.
The last few months of climate disasters may look like about as much as the planet can take.
Naturally, the connection is this is necessary because of mankind’s contributions to global warming, which many continue to insist could cause massive devastation to the planet by the year 2100.
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Did You Know?
Planet goes back to ancient Greek planēt- (literally, "wanderer"), which is derived from "planasthai," a Greek verb which means "to wander." The name "planet" was originally applied to any of seven visible celestial bodies which appeared to move independently of the fixed stars - the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. In the 17th century, "planet" began to be used specifically of the rocky or gaseous bodies that orbit around the sun - a definition which excluded the moon and, obviously, the sun, but included the Earth and, as they were discovered, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union developed a narrower definition of "planet," effectively demoting Pluto to the status of a "dwarf planet," a celestial body that is spherical and orbits the sun but is not large enough to disturb other objects from its orbit.
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