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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 Cetus on February, 20 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
02h 13m 58s
+08° 43’ 14”
 = 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: 81.3°
Max altitude: 47.2°
Azimuth: 278.7°

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 Feb 13 8.98 02h 06m 15s +07° 39’ 55” Pisces
2017 Feb 14 8.98 02h 07m 19s +07° 48’ 56” Cetus
2017 Feb 15 8.99 02h 08m 24s +07° 57’ 57” Cetus
2017 Feb 16 8.99 02h 09m 29s +08° 07’ 00” Cetus
2017 Feb 17 9.00 02h 10m 36s +08° 16’ 03” Cetus
2017 Feb 18 9.00 02h 11m 43s +08° 25’ 06” Cetus
2017 Feb 19 9.01 02h 12m 50s +08° 34’ 09” Cetus
2017 Feb 20 9.01 02h 13m 58s +08° 43’ 14” Cetus
2017 Feb 21 9.01 02h 15m 06s +08° 52’ 18” Cetus
2017 Feb 22 9.02 02h 16m 15s +09° 01’ 23” Cetus
2017 Feb 23 9.02 02h 17m 26s +09° 10’ 27” Cetus
2017 Feb 24 9.02 02h 18m 37s +09° 19’ 32” Cetus
2017 Feb 25 9.03 02h 19m 48s +09° 28’ 36” Cetus
2017 Feb 26 9.03 02h 21m 00s +09° 37’ 41” Cetus

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

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 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.07570506
Orbit inclination i 10.59170527°
Perihelion distance q 2.55857245 AU
382,756,992 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.97769597 AU
445,456,978 km
Semi-major axis a 2.76813421 AU
414,106,985 km
Orbital period period 4.6100 years
1,682.2059 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Apr-27 01:19:01
2,458,235.5549 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 72.814756865594°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.314273209733°
Mean anomaly M 224.09525611753°
Mean motion n 0.21400472°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2023-Mar-21
Distance of closest approach* 1.59904419 AU
239,213,606 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.