A mysterious planet named “Ceres” which was discovered in (18th century) 1st January 1801. Ceres was first identified and discovered as asteroid by Giuseppe Piazzi.
It was originally discovered as a planet and later classified as an asteroid. Ceres’s name was derived from the god of growing plant life and harvest.
Ceres was much bigger in size than asteroids in its neighboring rocky asteroid belt. This dwarf planet was called asteroid for many years until it was classified and named as a dwarf planet in 2006.
This Dwarf planet is located between Mars and Jupiter. It is covered with full of nitrogen and mixed with ice and water which dominates this Dwarf planet called Ceres.
The only other dwarf planet apart from Ceres is (Pluto). Pluto was once considered the ninth planet distant from Sun in the edge of the solar system.
Walking on that dwarf planet would be very difficult as the gravity is less than 3 percent as compared to the earth’s gravity. According to a ‘Chris Lewicki,’ the atmosphere and temperature are extremely low or hot on Ceres.
In the daytime, the temperature might be minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit and at night the temperature is minus 225 Fahrenheit, therefore not making it habitable for humans.
According to the synodic period, we can see Ceres once in 15 to 16 months from the earth, but even in the brightest state, it is too dim to see from earth with our naked eye unlike other planets like Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus, etc.
The distance between Ceres and Sun is approximately 257 million miles (413 million kilometers), and it takes only 22 minutes for sunlight to reach Ceres.
According to some researchers, Ceres contains a very small amount of water vapor atmosphere which is exhaled from the water (ice) on the surface.
Its diameter is only about 590 miles that is roughly the size of Texas. A day on Ceres is only about Earth’s 9 hours. Some researchers had found that ‘Ceres’ is 4.573 billion years old.
Unlike most asteroids, Ceres orbits between Mars and Jupiter in a region called asteroid belt and shaped as spherical. If compared with our moon ‘Ceres’ is just one quarter the size of it. And if compared with Saturn’s moon ‘Rhea’ it is the next smallest hydrostatic equilibrium object which is 600 kilometers smaller than that.
Due to such features it is the most active asteroid in our solar system.
Here’s a quick animated video that shows how ‘Ceres’ looks like and how it looks like when we take a flight to ‘Ceres’.
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