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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 Taurus on June, 27 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
05h 34m 18s
+23° 15’ 00”
8.72
 = 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: 66.8°
Max altitude: 61.8°
Azimuth: 293.3°

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 Jun 20 8.64 05h 21m 33s +22° 52’ 33” Taurus
2017 Jun 21 8.66 05h 23m 22s +22° 55’ 59” Taurus
2017 Jun 22 8.67 05h 25m 11s +22° 59’ 21” Taurus
2017 Jun 23 8.68 05h 27m 01s +23° 02’ 39” Taurus
2017 Jun 24 8.69 05h 28m 50s +23° 05’ 51” Taurus
2017 Jun 25 8.70 05h 30m 38s +23° 08’ 57” Taurus
2017 Jun 26 8.71 05h 32m 29s +23° 12’ 02” Taurus
2017 Jun 27 8.72 05h 34m 18s +23° 15’ 00” Taurus
2017 Jun 28 8.72 05h 36m 07s +23° 17’ 53” Taurus
2017 Jun 29 8.73 05h 37m 57s +23° 20’ 44” Taurus
2017 Jun 30 8.74 05h 39m 47s +23° 23’ 27” Taurus
2017 Jul 01 8.75 05h 41m 35s +23° 26’ 08” Taurus
2017 Jul 02 8.76 05h 43m 26s +23° 28’ 44” Taurus
2017 Jul 03 8.76 05h 45m 15s +23° 31’ 14” Taurus

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.