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Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres

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Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Position

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 17h 08m 38s and the Declination is -25° 20’ 44”.

17h 08m 38s
-25° 20’ 44”

Simplified sky chart showing where Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres in Ophiucus on October, 15 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is right now (view fullscreen)

1 Ceres
RA: 17h 08m 38s
Dec: -25° 20’ 44”
Deep sky finder chart for Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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

The distance of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Earth is currently 492,074,784 kilometers, equivalent to 3.289317 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 21.3848 seconds to travel from Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres and arrive to us.

27 minutes and 21.3848 seconds

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.

Distance of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres to Earth happens on Wed Feb 25 2032 at a distance of 1.58477803 Astronomical Units, or 237,079,419 kilometers:

Wed Feb 25 2032

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres brightness

The current visual magnitude of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is 9.15.


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 2100

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 115.3°
Max altitude: 13.2°
Azimuth: 244.6°
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

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 10.59406704°
Perihelion distance q 2.55868360 AU
382,773,619 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.97964671 AU
445,748,804 km
Semi-major axis a 2.76916515 AU
414,261,212 km
Orbital period period 4.6100 years
1,683.1457 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Apr-30 06:05:57
2,458,238.7541 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Dec-08 09:35
2,459,921.8998 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 73.597694115971°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.305531568265°
Mean anomaly M 77.372095885848°
Mean motion n 0.21388523°/day

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!

Orbit Diagram of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres
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
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 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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Oct 08 16h 57m 51s -24° 55’ 58” 9.12 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 09 16h 59m 16s -24° 59’ 23” 9.12 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 10 17h 00m 41s -25° 02’ 48” 9.13 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 11 17h 02m 06s -25° 06’ 08” 9.13 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 12 17h 03m 32s -25° 09’ 26” 9.13 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 13 17h 04m 58s -25° 12’ 42” 9.14 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 14 17h 06m 24s -25° 15’ 56” 9.14 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 15 17h 07m 51s -25° 19’ 05” 9.15 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 16 17h 09m 20s -25° 22’ 13” 9.15 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 17 17h 10m 49s -25° 25’ 17” 9.15 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 18 17h 12m 17s -25° 28’ 18” 9.16 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 19 17h 13m 48s -25° 31’ 17” 9.16 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 20 17h 15m 17s -25° 34’ 12” 9.16 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 21 17h 16m 48s -25° 37’ 04” 9.17 Ophiucus