Minor Planets and Asteroids

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


The term ‘minor planet’ is an astronomical classification that encompasses minor planets and asteroids. However, to arrive at this classification, the understanding of where other bodies fit in is necessary. The International Astronomical Union defines a planet as a body in orbit around a star, which has the ability to pull its mass into a rounded shape. The path on which the planet travels has also been cleared of smaller bodies, so that the planet has total dominance.


Solar System Ordinary Chondrite Asteroid Belt Kuiper Belt Minor Planet 
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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ebbw Vale, GwentUK

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