Small (and Not So Small) Solar System Bodies

Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)


This chapter will cover the somewhat confusing terminology surrounding: How planets, dwarf planets, and asteroids are so defined. The meaning of the myriad of numbers and names used to designate asteroids. The quantities used to describe the orbit of an asteroid around the Sun – its orbital elements.


Celestial Body Orbital Element Hydrostatic Equilibrium Minor Planet Solar System Body 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WaterloovilleUnited Kingdom

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