Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres
Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It was discovered by Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi on 1 January 1801 and was later reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006, along with Pluto and Eris. Ceres has a diameter of approximately 940 kilometers and a mass of 9.39 x 10^20 kilograms, making it about 1/14th the mass of the Moon. Ceres has a relatively round shape, and its surface is covered in craters, mountains, and bright spots, including the famous Occator Crater, which contains bright deposits of salt. It has no atmosphere, but it does have a thin water vapor exosphere. Ceres has a rotational period of about 9.1 hours and an orbital period of 4.6 Earth years. In 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around Ceres, becoming the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet and providing detailed images and data about its geology, composition, and history.
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is 12h 03m 35s and the Declination is +11° 44’ 56” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current magnitude of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is 8.22 (JPL).
Today's rise, transit and set times of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- 1 Ceres is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 1 Ceres is visible with the help of a binocular with a 30-40mm aperture, easy with a small telescope.
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Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
RA: 12h 03m 35s
Dec: +11° 44’ 56”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
Also check out Where is Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Distance from Earth
The distance of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Earth is currently 327,254,311 kilometers, equivalent to 2.187560 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 11.6029 seconds to travel from Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 1 Ceres from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres to Earth
Between 1 January 1600 and 30 December 2499, the closest approach of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres to Earth happens on Mon Feb 11 1636 at a distance of 1.573972 Astronomical Units, or 235,462,867 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Brightness and Light Curve
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.54907953 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Dec-06 14:18:42
|Next perihelion transit||2027-Jul-14 22:24
|Argument of perihelion||peri||73.470461544247°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||80.260148690589°|
Visualization of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!
View Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres in the 3D Solar System Simulator
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Physical Data
The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres. Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Physical Parameter||Value||Relative to Earth|
|Sideral Rotation||9.0742 hours||0.3791|
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 May 28||12h 00m 30s||+12° 48’ 56”||8.11||Virgo|
|2023 May 29||12h 00m 51s||+12° 40’ 41”||8.12||Virgo|
|2023 May 30||12h 01m 13s||+12° 32’ 18”||8.14||Virgo|
|2023 May 31||12h 01m 36s||+12° 23’ 52”||8.15||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 01||12h 02m 00s||+12° 15’ 19”||8.17||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 02||12h 02m 26s||+12° 06’ 39”||8.19||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 03||12h 02m 53s||+11° 57’ 56”||8.20||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 04||12h 03m 21s||+11° 49’ 05”||8.22||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 05||12h 03m 51s||+11° 40’ 11”||8.23||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 06||12h 04m 20s||+11° 31’ 11”||8.25||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 07||12h 04m 53s||+11° 22’ 08”||8.26||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 08||12h 05m 25s||+11° 12’ 59”||8.28||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 09||12h 05m 58s||+11° 03’ 44”||8.29||Virgo|
|2023 Jun 10||12h 06m 33s||+10° 54’ 27”||8.30||Virgo|