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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 Leo on August, 17 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 38m 40s
+10° 48’ 37”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 79.2°
Max altitude: 49.3°
Azimuth: 280.8°

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 Aug 10 11h 27m 06s +12° 11’ 29” 8.79 Leo
2018 Aug 11 11h 28m 42s +12° 00’ 02” 8.79 Leo
2018 Aug 12 11h 30m 19s +11° 48’ 36” 8.79 Leo
2018 Aug 13 11h 31m 54s +11° 37’ 08” 8.78 Leo
2018 Aug 14 11h 33m 30s +11° 25’ 39” 8.78 Leo
2018 Aug 15 11h 35m 07s +11° 14’ 09” 8.78 Leo
2018 Aug 16 11h 36m 42s +11° 02’ 39” 8.77 Leo
2018 Aug 17 11h 38m 18s +10° 51’ 08” 8.77 Leo
2018 Aug 18 11h 39m 55s +10° 39’ 38” 8.77 Leo
2018 Aug 19 11h 41m 31s +10° 28’ 05” 8.76 Leo
2018 Aug 20 11h 43m 08s +10° 16’ 32” 8.76 Virgo
2018 Aug 21 11h 44m 44s +10° 04’ 59” 8.75 Virgo
2018 Aug 22 11h 46m 21s +09° 53’ 26” 8.75 Virgo
2018 Aug 23 11h 47m 57s +09° 41’ 53” 8.75 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 22 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.07553461
Orbit inclination i 10.59350980°
Perihelion distance q 2.55803849 AU
382,677,112 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.97605401 AU
445,211,344 km
Semi-major axis a 2.76704625 AU
413,944,228 km
Orbital period period 4.6000 years
1,681.2142 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Apr-28 06:49:02
2,458,236.7841 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Dec-04 11:57
2,459,917.9983 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 73.11534200131°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.309918655944°
Mean anomaly M 352.23046117659°
Mean motion n 0.21413095°/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.