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View synonyms for inner planet

inner planet

[ in-er plan-it ]

noun

, Astronomy.
  1. any of the planets in our solar system whose orbits lie between the sun and the asteroid belt, namely, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, all of which are terrestrial planets.


inner planet

noun

  1. any of the planets Mercury, Venus, earth, and Mars, whose orbits lie inside the asteroid belt


inner planet

  1. Any of the four planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, whose orbits lie nearest the Sun. The inner planets are of similar size and have high densities compared to the larger gas giants among the outer planets. They are composed mostly of rock and metal and are relatively slow to rotate, with solid surfaces, no rings, and few moons.
  2. Also called terrestrial planet
  3. Compare outer planetSee also inferior planet


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Word History and Origins

Origin of inner planet1

First recorded in 1950–55
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Example Sentences

With that likelihood in mind, the group concludes that this plentiful type of inner planet could host alien microbes, and that any lifeforms on these worlds would alter their atmospheres in ways that astronomers will soon be able to detect with ease.

Rather, the garden-variety inner planet seems to fall somewhere between a rocky dwarf and a gassy giant.

The solar system’s inner planets, including Earth, could instead have formed through big collisions, he suspects.

Researchers are still working out the details of why this happens, but the general theory is that inner planets tend to run hotter, which boils away their gassy atmospheres, leaving mainly rocky cores behind.

The flow of gas changes and creates a pileup interior to the inner planet’s orbit, which acts to push both planets outward.

Meadows began to play inner planet combinations that occasionally paid, though at short odds.

"The most probable one is the next inner planet, Aphrodite," replied Morey.

The inner planet revolved about it with one side glowing low red heat and the other side piled high with frozen atmosphere.

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