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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 Ophiucus on February, 23 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
16h 29m 39s
-15° 31’ 08”

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: 105.5°
Max altitude: 23.0°
Azimuth: 254.5°

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
2019 Feb 16 16h 21m 51s -15° 11’ 18” 8.69 Scorpius
2019 Feb 17 16h 22m 55s -15° 14’ 08” 8.68 Scorpius
2019 Feb 18 16h 24m 01s -15° 16’ 54” 8.68 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 19 16h 25m 04s -15° 19’ 37” 8.67 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 20 16h 26m 07s -15° 22’ 17” 8.66 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 21 16h 27m 09s -15° 24’ 52” 8.65 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 22 16h 28m 09s -15° 27’ 24” 8.64 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 23 16h 29m 09s -15° 29’ 53” 8.63 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 24 16h 30m 09s -15° 32’ 20” 8.62 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 25 16h 31m 08s -15° 34’ 42” 8.61 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 26 16h 32m 04s -15° 37’ 01” 8.60 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 27 16h 33m 01s -15° 39’ 19” 8.59 Ophiucus
2019 Feb 28 16h 33m 56s -15° 41’ 31” 8.58 Ophiucus
2019 Mar 01 16h 34m 50s -15° 43’ 41” 8.57 Ophiucus

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 2100

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 2100

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 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.