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…..There are other references that need to be noted.

…..These refer back things included within revisions of the books, but not within the glossaries necessarily. These concern the trillions of bodies in our solar system.

…..Cruithne 3753

…..There is a 5-kilometer-wide body that revolves around the sun in pace with Earth, or 364 days a year.  Its closest approach to Earth is 12 million kilometers.  Technically it does not orbit the earth, but rather the sun, and as such it is not a moon.  Cruithne is technically, a trojon, meaning it follows the host planet (Earth) and its orbit, though they are not identical.  Other planets have Trojans.

…..Earth’s Companion – HO3

…..A small asteroid has been discovered in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, and it will remain so for centuries to come.  The size of this object has not yet been firmly established, but it is likely larger than 120 feet (40 meters) and smaller than 300 feet (100 meters).

…..Minor Planets

…..As of 2018, the orbits of 757,626 minor planets were archived at the Minor Planet Center, 516,386 of which had received permanent numbers.  These include planetoids and dwarf planets.

…..Jupiter Trojans

…..There are estimated to be over a million trojans that orbit the sun, along with Jupiter, and they hang together in three clumps, and while not equidistant as groups are the Trojans, the Greeks and the Hildas.  The first Jupiter trojan discovered, 588 Achilles, was spotted in 1906 by German astronomer Max Wolf.   A total of 6,515 Jupiter trojans have been found as of May 2017.  They are in effect, resembling a second asteroid belt.

…..Estimates of the total number of Jupiter trojans are based on deep surveys of limited areas of the sky.  The L4 swarm is believed to hold between 160–240,000 asteroids with diameters larger than 2 km and about 600,000 with diameters larger than 1 km. See the diagrams and also see the Wikipedia references.

…..Kuiper Belt

…..Like the asteroid belt, it consists mainly of small bodies or remnants from when the Solar System formed.  While many asteroids are composed primarily of rock and metal, most Kuiper belt objects are composed largely of frozen volatiles (termed “ices”), such as methane, ammonia and water.  The Kuiper belt is home to three officially recognized dwarf planets: Pluto, Haumea and Makemake

…..Oort Cloud

…..Beyond the Kuiper Belt is a cloud of particles.  The outer Oort cloud may have trillions of objects larger than 1 km