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Provisional designation in astronomy is the naming convention applied to astronomical objects immediately following their discovery. The provisional designation is usually superseded by a permanent designation once a reliable orbit has been calculated. In the case of minor planets, so many have been discovered that many will never be named by their discoverers.

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Intro   Minor planets    Comets    Satellites and rings of planets   Moons of minor planets   See also   References  External links  

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Provisional designation in astronomy is the naming convention applied to astronomical objects immediately following their discovery. The provisional designation is usually superseded by a permanent designation once a reliable orbit has been calculated. In the case of minor planets, so many have been discovered that many will never be named by their discoverers.

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Provisional designation in astronomy sections
Intro   Minor planets    Comets    Satellites and rings of planets   Moons of minor planets   See also   References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Minor planets
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