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(asteroid-like body orbiting among the outer planets)

Centaur is a term used for a Minor Planet or Comet orbiting among the outer planets, beyond Jupiter but not as far as the Kuiper Belt, generally used for objects showing some comet characteristics. Their orbits are considered long-term unstable due to their nearness to the orbits of the Giant Planets. For this reason, their current orbits are assumed to be millions of years in age rather than billions.

(minor planets,solar system,object type,comets)

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10199 Chariklo
Minor Planet