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Clapton...The Planet

on April 5, 2009 - 6:10am

A minor planet was named in Eric Clapton's honor in 1990. Minor Planet 4305 is known as "Clapton." The citation announcing the name appeared in the Minor Planet Circular Number 16249 dated 10 April 1990. A minor planet is another name for asteroid. Countless minor planets circle the sun in......

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Planet Clapton: How does a planet get named?

on April 5, 2009 - 6:05am

When a new celestial object is observed two nights in a row, it is reported to the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union. A provisional designation is assigned. The object is observed over time and later may receive a permanent designation number. This process can take 10 or......

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Planet Clapton: When was it discovered?

on April 5, 2009 - 6:04am

Minor Planet 4305 / Clapton was discovered by astronomers at the George R. Agassiz Station of the Astronomical Observatory at Harvard, Massachusetts on 7 March 1976. The observatory is affiliated with Harvard University. At that time, it was given the provisional designation of 1976EC.......

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Planet Clapton: What do Astronomers know about it?

on April 5, 2009 - 6:01am

The International Astronomical Union knows little about Planet Clapton's physical properties. They guess its diameter is somewhere between 10 to 24 kilometers (6 to 15 miles) across. Like all minor planets, Clapton is incapable of supporting life as it has no atmosphere and is a cold and inhospitable place. A......

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Planet Clapton: Where is it?

on April 5, 2009 - 6:00am

Planet Clapton's orbit is located between that of Mars and Jupiter in an area of space known as the Asteroid Belt. It is in a 5-year elliptical orbit around the Sun. The closest it gets to the Sun is 405 million kilometers (253 million miles). In contrast, the Earth's orbit......

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