• Lutz D. SchmadelEmail author


The introduction to previous editions of the “Dictionary” started with statements deeply influenced by the breathtaking evolution of minor planet astronomy during the last decade. These sentences, characterized by a tone of disbelief and astonishment about the explosive dynamism of this field, hold more today than ever: “In a period when discoveries flourish, more and more minor planets are being discovered; it is inevitable that this dictionary can be no more than an inventory of the situation at this moment. A compilation of this nature is by definition bound to be out of date before it appears in print.


Orbital Element Minor Planet Satisfactory Residual Major Planet Triangular Libration Point 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Astronomisches Rechen-Institut am Zentrum fuer Astronomie derUniversitaet HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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