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1 Ceres

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The IAU added the asteroid Ceres to the newly founded group of dwarf planets in 2006. The newly founded group of dwarf planets consists among other of the former planet Pluto and the largest asteroid Ceres.

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Mean distance from the star Sun 413.790.000 km
2,7659 AU
Minimum distance from the star Sun (perihelion) 380.880.000 km
Maximum distance from the star Sun (aphelion) 446.690.000 km
Orbital period around the star Sun (sideric) 4,60 y
Orbital inclination 10,583 °
Eccentricity of the orbit around the star Sun 0,0795
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Discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi 1801
Mass 9,47 × 1020 kg
Equatorial radius 474,4 km
Mean density 2,12 g/cm³
Rotational period 9,075 h
Albedo 0,07
Apparent magnitude + 7,6 mvis
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Ceres is the old italian goddess of agriculture, grain, and the love a mother bears for her child. The cult of Ceres was originally closely connected with that of Tellus, the goddess earth. In later mythology, Ceres is identified with the greek goddess Demeter.

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