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Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres

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Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres in Virgo on October, 16 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
13h 16m 22s
-00° 35’ 16”

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Rise and Set Times

Today's Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 90.6°
Max altitude: 37.9°
Azimuth: 269.3°

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Orbit Diagram

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!

Orbit Diagram of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres
View Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres 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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Oct 09 13h 04m 23s +00° 44’ 13” 8.49 Virgo
2018 Oct 10 13h 06m 02s +00° 33’ 12” 8.49 Virgo
2018 Oct 11 13h 07m 41s +00° 22’ 14” 8.49 Virgo
2018 Oct 12 13h 09m 20s +00° 11’ 17” 8.50 Virgo
2018 Oct 13 13h 10m 58s +00° 00’ 21” 8.50 Virgo
2018 Oct 14 13h 12m 37s -00° 10’ 29” 8.51 Virgo
2018 Oct 15 13h 14m 15s -00° 21’ 20” 8.52 Virgo
2018 Oct 16 13h 15m 54s -00° 32’ 09” 8.52 Virgo
2018 Oct 17 13h 17m 31s -00° 42’ 56” 8.53 Virgo
2018 Oct 18 13h 19m 10s -00° 53’ 40” 8.54 Virgo
2018 Oct 19 13h 20m 49s -01° 04’ 23” 8.54 Virgo
2018 Oct 20 13h 22m 27s -01° 15’ 03” 8.55 Virgo
2018 Oct 21 13h 24m 06s -01° 25’ 41” 8.56 Virgo
2018 Oct 22 13h 25m 45s -01° 36’ 16” 8.57 Virgo

Distance of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 1 Ceres is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres

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.

Predicted magnitude of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres between January 2013 and December 2075

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
Diameter 952.4 km 0.0747
Sideral Rotation 9.0742 hours 0.3791
Absolute Magnitude 3.34
Geometric Albedo 0.09

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.07600903
Orbit inclination i 10.59406733°
Perihelion distance q 2.55868360 AU
382,773,619 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.97964670 AU
445,748,802 km
Semi-major axis a 2.76916515 AU
414,261,210 km
Orbital period period 4.6100 years
1,683.1457 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Apr-30 06:05:56
2,458,238.7541 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Dec-08 09:35
2,459,921.8998 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 73.597694862393°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.30553084094°
Mean anomaly M 77.372097737682°
Mean motion n 0.21388523°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2032-Feb-25
Distance of closest approach* 1.58477803 AU
237,079,419 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.