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Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres

Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is 22h 22m 06s and the Declination is -24° 25’ 01” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is 8.60 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

22h 22m 06s
-24° 25’ 01”
  • 1 Ceres is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 11° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 1 Ceres is visible with the help of a binocular with a 50mm aperture, easy with a small telescope.
  • See also 1 Ceres rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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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.

Map showing Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres in Aquarius on October, 22 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres in Aquarius on October, 22 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

1 Ceres
RA: 22h 22m 06s
Dec: -24° 25’ 01”
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 from Earth

The distance of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres from Earth is currently 355,910,029 kilometers, equivalent to 2.379112 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 47.1881 seconds to travel from Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres and arrive to us.

19 minutes and 47.1881 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 1.584778 Astronomical Units, or 237,079,413 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 8.60.


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: 114.4°
Max altitude: 14.1°
Azimuth: 245.6°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric 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 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.07755702
Orbit inclination i 10.58862149°
Perihelion distance q 2.55300563 AU
381,924,206 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.98230808 AU
446,146,940 km
Semi-major axis a 2.76765685 AU
414,035,573 km
Orbital period period 4.6000 years
1,681.7707 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-01 23:56:05
2,458,240.4973 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Dec-08 18:25
2,459,922.2680 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 73.731670943288°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.286986366296°
Mean anomaly M 162.68625168799°
Mean motion n 0.21406009°/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
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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
2020 Oct 15 22h 22m 53s -24° 53’ 35” 8.46 Pisces Austrinus
2020 Oct 16 22h 22m 41s -24° 50’ 30” 8.48 Aquarius
2020 Oct 17 22h 22m 32s -24° 47’ 15” 8.50 Aquarius
2020 Oct 18 22h 22m 24s -24° 43’ 50” 8.51 Aquarius
2020 Oct 19 22h 22m 18s -24° 40’ 17” 8.53 Aquarius
2020 Oct 20 22h 22m 13s -24° 36’ 34” 8.55 Aquarius
2020 Oct 21 22h 22m 09s -24° 32’ 44” 8.56 Aquarius
2020 Oct 22 22h 22m 06s -24° 28’ 45” 8.58 Aquarius
2020 Oct 23 22h 22m 05s -24° 24’ 37” 8.60 Aquarius
2020 Oct 24 22h 22m 06s -24° 20’ 21” 8.61 Aquarius
2020 Oct 25 22h 22m 08s -24° 15’ 56” 8.63 Aquarius
2020 Oct 26 22h 22m 12s -24° 11’ 25” 8.64 Aquarius
2020 Oct 27 22h 22m 17s -24° 06’ 46” 8.66 Aquarius
2020 Oct 28 22h 22m 23s -24° 01’ 59” 8.67 Aquarius