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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 I.A.U. Planet Classification InternationalAstronomicalUnion Planet: - is in orbit around the sun- Has sufficient mass for its self gravity to overcome rigid body forces so it assumes a nearly round shape- Massive enough to clear the neighborhood around its orbit. Does not share it's orbit. Dwarf Planet: - is in orbit around the sun- Has sufficient mass for its self-gravity so it assumes a nearly round shape- Is not a satellite of another planet T.N.O- all area outside of Neptune, dwarf planets found here Trans Neptunian Objects this category collectively refers to all other celestial bodies orbiting our sun, (including asteroids, comets, and satellites) Smaller Solar System Bodies - - All asteroids in Asteroid Belt- Meteors are smaller than asteroids, burn up in atmosphere unlike asteroids- Meteors are "shooting stars"- called meteorite when hits ground- comet has own orbit, very eccentric, gets close to internal planets- extend very far into the solar system from their orbit- share the orbit of objects they pass through The Residual Debris of our Solar System is locked in two regions:(TNO's)1. The Kuiper Belt- is an area composed largely of frozen volatiles (termed "ices"), such as methane, ammonia, and water bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune~ 30-50 A.U. from the Sun2. The Oort Cloud (solar system encased in this sphere)- a cloud containing "dirty ice" well beyond the orbit of the Kuiper Belt- A sphere thought to be between 2,000 and 200,000 A.U.s away from the sun- 80% of all known comets have originated herePossible Oort Cloud Bodies:- Sedna- 2000 CR 105- 2006 SQ 372- 2008 KV 42
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