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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 Gemini on August, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 17m 16s
+24° 06’ 38”
 = 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: 65.9°
Max altitude: 62.6°
Azimuth: 294.1°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Aug 16 8.92 07h 04m 59s +24° 11’ 24” Gemini
2017 Aug 17 8.92 07h 06m 44s +24° 10’ 51” Gemini
2017 Aug 18 8.92 07h 08m 30s +24° 10’ 18” Gemini
2017 Aug 19 8.92 07h 10m 15s +24° 09’ 39” Gemini
2017 Aug 20 8.92 07h 12m 02s +24° 08’ 58” Gemini
2017 Aug 21 8.92 07h 13m 46s +24° 08’ 14” Gemini
2017 Aug 22 8.92 07h 15m 32s +24° 07’ 27” Gemini
2017 Aug 23 8.92 07h 17m 16s +24° 06’ 38” Gemini
2017 Aug 24 8.92 07h 19m 00s +24° 05’ 45” Gemini
2017 Aug 25 8.92 07h 20m 44s +24° 04’ 50” Gemini
2017 Aug 26 8.92 07h 22m 28s +24° 03’ 52” Gemini
2017 Aug 27 8.92 07h 24m 11s +24° 02’ 53” Gemini
2017 Aug 28 8.91 07h 25m 54s +24° 01’ 50” Gemini
2017 Aug 29 8.91 07h 27m 38s +24° 00’ 43” Gemini

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 03 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.07560729
Orbit inclination i 10.59321706°
Perihelion distance q 2.55817301 AU
382,697,235 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.97664565 AU
445,299,852 km
Semi-major axis a 2.76740933 AU
413,998,544 km
Orbital period period 4.6000 years
1,681.5451 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Apr-27 21:52:06
2,458,236.4112 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 73.023742646884°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.308882612359°
Mean anomaly M 309.49405513953°
Mean motion n 0.21408881°/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.