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Minor planet designation

Index Minor planet designation

A formal minor planet designation is, in its final form, a number–name combination given to a minor planet (asteroid, centaur, trans-Neptunian object and dwarf planet but not comet). [1]

31 relations: Asteroid, Astronomical naming conventions, Astronomical symbols, Benjamin Apthorp Gould, Centaur (minor planet), Comet, Dwarf planet, Galileo Galilei, International Astronomical Union, James L. Hilton, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL Small-Body Database, List of astronomy journals, List of minor planets, List of named minor planets (alphabetical), List of named minor planets (numerical), List of unnumbered minor planets, Meanings of minor planet names, Minor planet, Minor Planet Center, Minor-planet moon, Name conflicts with minor planets, Naming of comets, Near-Earth object, Opposition (planets), Pluto, Provisional designation in astronomy, Romulus (moon), Trans-Neptunian object, 274301 Wikipedia, 4 Vesta.

Asteroid

Asteroids are minor planets, especially those of the inner Solar System.

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Astronomical naming conventions

In ancient times, only the Sun and Moon, a few hundred stars and the most easily visible planets had names.

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Astronomical symbols

Astronomical symbols are symbols used to represent astronomical objects, theoretical constructs and observational events in astronomy.

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Benjamin Apthorp Gould

Benjamin Apthorp Gould (September 27, 1824 – November 26, 1896) was a pioneering American astronomer.

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Centaur (minor planet)

Centaurs are small solar system bodies with a semi-major axis between those of the outer planets.

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Comet

A comet is an icy small Solar System body that, when passing close to the Sun, warms and begins to release gases, a process called outgassing.

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Dwarf planet

A dwarf planet is a planetary-mass object that is neither a planet nor a natural satellite.

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Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564Drake (1978, p. 1). The date of Galileo's birth is given according to the Julian calendar, which was then in force throughout Christendom. In 1582 it was replaced in Italy and several other Catholic countries with the Gregorian calendar. Unless otherwise indicated, dates in this article are given according to the Gregorian calendar. – 8 January 1642) was an Italian polymath.

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International Astronomical Union

The International Astronomical Union (IAU; Union astronomique internationale, UAI) is an international association of professional astronomers, at the PhD level and beyond, active in professional research and education in astronomy.

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James L. Hilton

James Lindsay Hilton (born February 21, 1957) has been an astronomer at the United States Naval Observatory since 1986.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center in Pasadena, California, United States, with large portions of the campus in La Cañada Flintridge, California.

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JPL Small-Body Database

The JPL Small-Body Database (SBDB) is an astronomy database about small Solar System bodies.

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List of astronomy journals

This is a list of scientific journals publishing articles in astronomy, astrophysics, and space sciences.

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List of minor planets

This is a list of numbered minor planets in numerical order.

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List of named minor planets (alphabetical)

This is a list of named minor planets in an alphabetical, case-insensitive order.

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List of named minor planets (numerical)

This is a list of named minor planets in numerical order.

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List of unnumbered minor planets

This is a partial list of unnumbered minor planets, which are provisionally designated minor planets with a poorly determined orbit, not cataloged in the list of (numbered) minor planets (see index), due to insufficient observational data.

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Meanings of minor planet names

This is a list of minor planets which have been officially named by the Minor Planet Center (MPC).

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Minor planet

A minor planet is an astronomical object in direct orbit around the Sun (or more broadly, any star with a planetary system) that is neither a planet nor exclusively classified as a comet.

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Minor Planet Center

The Minor Planet Center (MPC) is the official worldwide organization in charge of collecting observational data for minor planets (such as asteroids and comets), calculating their orbits and publishing this information via the Minor Planet Circulars.

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Minor-planet moon

A minor-planet moon is an astronomical object that orbits a minor planet as its natural satellite.

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Name conflicts with minor planets

There are several real or apparent name conflicts between different Solar System bodies, in spite of efforts to give every named body a distinct name.

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Naming of comets

Comets have been observed for the last 2,000 years.

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Near-Earth object

A near-Earth object (NEO) is any small Solar System body whose orbit can bring it into proximity with Earth.

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Opposition (planets)

In positional astronomy, two astronomical objects are said to be in opposition when they are on opposite sides of the celestial sphere, as observed from a given body (usually Earth).

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Pluto

Pluto (minor planet designation: 134340 Pluto) is a dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt, a ring of bodies beyond Neptune.

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Provisional designation in astronomy

Provisional designation in astronomy is the naming convention applied to astronomical objects immediately following their discovery.

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Romulus (moon)

Romulus is the outer and larger moon of the main-belt asteroid 87 Sylvia, not to be confused with the directly Sun-orbiting asteroid 10386 Romulus.

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Trans-Neptunian object

A trans-Neptunian object (TNO, also written transneptunian object) is any minor planet in the Solar System that orbits the Sun at a greater average distance (semi-major axis) than Neptune, 30 astronomical units (AU).

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274301 Wikipedia

274301 Wikipedia, provisional designation, is an asteroid orbiting in the inner region of the asteroid belt, approximately in diameter.

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4 Vesta

Vesta, minor-planet designation 4 Vesta, is one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, with a mean diameter of.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_planet_designation

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