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  • (noun): A person who follows or serves another.
    Synonyms: satellite
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Planet

A planet (from Ancient Greek αστήρ πλανήτης (astēr planētēs), meaning "wandering star") is a celestial body orbiting a star or stellar remnant that is massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, is not massive enough to cause thermonuclear fusion, and has cleared its neighbouring region of planetesimals. The term planet is ancient, with ties to history, science, mythology, and religion. The planets were originally seen by many early cultures as divine, or as emissaries of deities. As scientific knowledge advanced, human perception of the planets changed, incorporating a number of disparate objects. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially adopted a resolution defining planets within the Solar System. This definition has been both praised and criticized, and remains disputed by some scientists since it excludes many objects of planetary mass based on where or what they orbit. While eight of the planetary bodies discovered before 1950 remain "planets" under modern definition, some celestial bodies, such as Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta (each an object in the Solar asteroid belt) and Pluto (the first-discovered trans-Neptunian object), that were once considered planets by the scientific community are no longer viewed as such.

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Koprulu Sector - Aiur
... are the only intelligent life to have evolved on the planet, though the process was enhanced and sped up by the Xel'Naga ... The planet suffered tremendous damage, though with the conflict's resolution the Protoss were able to rebuild and use the planet to expand outwards, colonizing other worlds ... Troops were trained and ships built on Aiur and sent to fight on distant planets by traveling through Warp portal buildings constructed on the battlefield ...
Koprulu Sector - Brontes
... a small orbital platform for space traffic in orbit of the planet ... Unlike most planets in Terran space, Brontes IV has a more diverse environment, ranging from the typical wastelands of Terran colonies through highly volcanic areas to large jungles ... Several areas of the planet have large valleys rich in mineral deposits ...
Outer Planets
... The outer planets are those planets in the Solar System beyond the asteroid belt, and hence refers to the gas giants, which are in order of their distance from the Sun Jupiter is ... Saturn is the second largest planet, with a large and bright ring system ... The outer planets all have ring systems, although all but Saturn's are faint ...
Planet - Related Terms
... Comet Double planet Dwarf planet Extrasolar planet (or Exoplanet) – celestial body outside the Solar System Mesoplanet Minor planet – celestial body smaller than a planet Planetar (as ...
Koprulu Sector - Bhekar Ro
... Bhekar Ro is a fringe planet in Terran space with unpredictable weather ... The only settlement on the planet is Free Haven, built by the first colonists who came to Bhekar Ro to escape from the Terran Confederacy ... sears down from the clouds like luminous spears, combined with incidences of hailstorms in the planet ...

More definitions of "planet":

  • (noun): Any of the celestial bodies (other than comets or satellites) that revolve around the sun in the solar system.

Famous quotes containing the word planet:

    The golden mean in ethics, as in physics, is the centre of the system and that about which all revolve, and though to a distant and plodding planet it be an uttermost extreme, yet one day, when that planet’s year is completed, it will be found to be central.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Everywhere—all over Africa and South America ... you see these suburbs springing up. They represent the optimum of what people want. There’s a certain sort of logic leading towards these immaculate suburbs. And they’re terrifying, because they are the death of the soul.... This is the prison this planet is being turned into.
    —J.G. (James Graham)

    It was not important that they survive.
    What mattered was that they should bear
    Some lineament or character,
    Some affluence, if only half-perceived,
    In the poverty of their words,
    Of the planet of which they were part.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)