Ceres (dwarf planet)

Ceres (Dwarf Planet)

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Ceres (dwarf planet)

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Ceres, formally 1 Ceres, is the largest of the asteroids and the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System. It was discovered on 1 January 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi, and for half a century it was classified as the eighth planet. It is named after Cerēs, the Roman goddess of growing plants, the harvest, and motherly love.

With a diameter of about , Ceres is by far the largest and most massive body in the asteroid belt, and contains almost a third (32%) of the belt's total mass.<!-- 32% = 4.753±0.007 ÷ 15±2 (E-10 solar masses) -->Pitjeva, E. V.; , in Kurtz, D. W. (Ed.), Proceedings of IAU Colloquium No. 196: Transits of Venus: New Views of the Solar System and Galaxy, 2004 Observations have revealed that it is spherical, unlike the irregular shapes of smaller bodies with lower gravity. The Cererian surface is probably a mixture of water ice and various hydrated minerals such as carbonates and clays. Ceres appears to be differentiated into a rock core and ice mantle, and may harbour an ocean of liquid water underneath its surface.<ref...
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