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(1) Ceres Asteroid

Ceres is an asteroid, a large rock that orbits the Sun mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They tend to be an irregular shaped but Ceres asteroid is known to be spherical in shape but because it doesn't clear its path round the Sun, it is only a dwarf planet. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 930,000.

Ceres was discovered on Jan 1 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi. Its orbit takes 4.6 years to travel round the Sun. Its takes 9.074 hours to do a full rotation period.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 3.36 which is the brightness of the object. A higher absolute magnitude means that the object is faint whereas a very low number means it is very bright.

The Aphelion of the object is 2.9773 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is furthest from the object that it is orbit. At this point, it will then return back to the orbit target. The Perihelion of the object is 2.5577 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is closest to the object that it is orbit around.

The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.767, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The approximate diameter of Ceres is 0 km. The mass of the object is calculated at being 930,000 kg (10^15).

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Ceres orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 10.58 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.0789, it is the degree at which Ceres orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Image of Ceres

Image of Ceres.

Ceres Facts

Date of DiscoveryJan 1 1801
DiscovererGiuseppe Piazzi
Orbital Period4.6
Rotation Period9.074 hours
Absolute Magnitude3.36
Aphelion (Furthest)2.9773 A.U.
Perihelion (Nearest)2.5577 A.U.
Semi-Major Axis2.767
Approx. Diameter0
Mass930,000 kg (10^15)
Orbital Inclination10.58
Orbital Eccentricity0.0789

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