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Planet Clapton: How does a planet get named?

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......

Planet Clapton: When was it discovered?

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.......

Planet Clapton: What do Astronomers know about it?

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......

Planet Clapton: Where is it?

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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