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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 Libra on December, 15 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
14h 53m 55s
-09° 51’ 49”
8.88

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: 99.9°
Max altitude: 28.6°
Azimuth: 260.1°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 08 14h 42m 30s -08° 56’ 49” 8.86 Libra
2018 Dec 09 14h 44m 08s -09° 04’ 45” 8.86 Libra
2018 Dec 10 14h 45m 43s -09° 12’ 34” 8.86 Libra
2018 Dec 11 14h 47m 20s -09° 20’ 21” 8.87 Libra
2018 Dec 12 14h 48m 55s -09° 28’ 01” 8.87 Libra
2018 Dec 13 14h 50m 30s -09° 35’ 39” 8.87 Libra
2018 Dec 14 14h 52m 05s -09° 43’ 12” 8.87 Libra
2018 Dec 15 14h 53m 40s -09° 50’ 40” 8.88 Libra
2018 Dec 16 14h 55m 15s -09° 58’ 05” 8.88 Libra
2018 Dec 17 14h 56m 50s -10° 05’ 25” 8.88 Libra
2018 Dec 18 14h 58m 26s -10° 12’ 39” 8.88 Libra
2018 Dec 19 15h 00m 00s -10° 19’ 50” 8.88 Libra
2018 Dec 20 15h 01m 33s -10° 26’ 57” 8.88 Libra
2018 Dec 21 15h 03m 07s -10° 34’ 00” 8.88 Libra

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 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 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.