Ceres

Ceres

Monday, March 25, 2019

Ceres was the first object discovered in the asteroid belt. Sicilian astronomer Father Giuseppe Piazzi spotted the object in 1801. Piazzi was looking for suspected planets in the large gap between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. As more such objects were found in the same region, they became known as asteroids or minor planets. Ceres was initially classified as a planet and later classified as an asteroid. In recognition of its planet-like qualities, Ceres was designated a dwarf planet in 2006 along with Pluto and Eris. -[NASA]

Changing Data

Rises:
Sets:
Apparent Magnitude:
Illumination:
%
Size (")
Distance in light minutes:
Distance in miles:
0
Distance in AU:

Orbital Data

Rotational Period:
0.378
Orbital Period:
4.60
Perihelion:
3.810 * 108 km
Aphelion:
4.464 * 108 km
Epoch:
2011.08.27
Inclination:
10.59°
Semi-Major Axis:
4.137 * 108 km
Orbit Circumference:
2.595 * 109 km
Eccentricity:
0.079138251
Ascending Node:
80.37910°
Axial Tilt:
°
Albedo:
Color BV:
Color UV:
Equatorial Diameter:
9.520 * 102 km
Equatorial Circumference:
2.992 * 103 km
Surface Area:
2.850 * 106 km2
Surface Gravity:
0.28 m/s2
Surface Temperature:
Mass:
9.470 * 1020 kg
Volume:
4.52331 * 108 km3
Density:
2.09 g/cm3
Absolute Magnitude:
3.34