from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small natural or artificial satellite.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a very small body orbiting a planet, often as part of a ring.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little moon: applied to the small bodies of which the rings of Saturn are composed.
The Lancer analysis net had stopped calling the moonlet by that name, but he refused to.
The tiny moonlet, only a hundred miles in diameter, was so close to Jupiter that it spent much of its time eclipsed in the planet's enormous cone of shadow.
Though this could indicate many things, it began to seem more and more likely that the tiny moonlet was abandoned.
The contorted moonlet dropped away, dwindled, vanished.
Message Bearer was even now issuing its final direction to the nickel-and-iron residue of an icy moonlet.
So near was the moment of collision that the ship almost grazed the hurtling moonlet.
"If you stay in this path, we'll crash that moonlet when it comes back."
The moonlet was growing bigger by the moment as the Star Spear raced toward it!
Tom sat up, grabbed a telescope, and tracked it on the moonlet.
They were amazed to learn about the uncharted moonlet.
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