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Planet Clapton: How does a planet get named?

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  • April 05, 2009

    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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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......