Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres
Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It was discovered by Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi on 1 January 1801 and was later reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006, along with Pluto and Eris. Ceres has a diameter of approximately 940 kilometers and a mass of 9.39 x 10^20 kilograms, making it about 1/14th the mass of the Moon. Ceres has a relatively round shape, and its surface is covered in craters, mountains, and bright spots, including the famous Occator Crater, which contains bright deposits of salt. It has no atmosphere, but it does have a thin water vapor exosphere. Ceres has a rotational period of about 9.1 hours and an orbital period of 4.6 Earth years. In 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around Ceres, becoming the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet and providing detailed images and data about its geology, composition, and history.
The current Right Ascension of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is 16h 12m 43s and the Declination is -18° 31’ 55” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current magnitude of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is 8.72 (JPL).
- 1 Ceres is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 1 Ceres is visible with the help of a binocular with a 50mm aperture, easy with a small telescope.
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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.
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.
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 554,297,707 kilometers, equivalent to 3.705251 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 48.9381 seconds to travel from Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres and arrive to us.
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.
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 1 January 1600 and 30 December 2499, the closest approach of Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres to Earth happens on Mon Feb 11 1636 at a distance of 1.573972 Astronomical Units, or 235,462,867 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Brightness and Light Curve
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.
Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.54907953 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Dec-06 14:18:42
|Next perihelion transit||2027-Jul-14 22:24
|Argument of perihelion||peri||73.470461544247°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||80.260148690589°|
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!
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|
|Sideral Rotation||9.0742 hours||0.3791|
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.
|2023 Nov 29||15h 59m 02s||-17° 41’ 25”||8.61||Libra|
|2023 Nov 30||16h 00m 44s||-17° 48’ 03”||8.62||Libra|
|2023 Dec 01||16h 02m 29s||-17° 54’ 38”||8.64||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 02||16h 04m 13s||-18° 01’ 08”||8.65||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 03||16h 05m 57s||-18° 07’ 33”||8.67||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 04||16h 07m 41s||-18° 13’ 54”||8.68||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 05||16h 09m 24s||-18° 20’ 12”||8.69||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 06||16h 11m 09s||-18° 26’ 24”||8.70||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 07||16h 12m 53s||-18° 32’ 31”||8.72||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 08||16h 14m 38s||-18° 38’ 35”||8.73||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 09||16h 16m 22s||-18° 44’ 35”||8.74||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 10||16h 18m 06s||-18° 50’ 29”||8.75||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 11||16h 19m 50s||-18° 56’ 18”||8.76||Scorpius|
|2023 Dec 12||16h 21m 34s||-19° 02’ 04”||8.77||Scorpius|