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What is the difference between a planetoid and an asteroid?
- Need to add a section to define this matter.
Technically, best as I can tell, different names for the same object. Semantics I guess. Both are also referred to as "minor planets".
- In Traveller terms, planetoid seems to be the preferred nomenclature. Planetoid belt may refer to an inhabited belt, while asteroid belt seems to refer to an uninhabited one, but I'd really like to find the cite for this ... that I may possibly have imagined ...
- Any minor planet has a size code of S (less than 800 km diameter). Might be worth thinking about the lower range of this (meters?), perhaps also tying in references to planetoid hulls.
- Density of the object would be something worth discussing too. Current thinking seems to suggest that most are little more than associations of dusty rubble, which would be just useless for making hulls out of.