Almost 10 years back, Pluto was stripped of its planetary status. However in the event that you were alive two centuries back, you could have been generally as conceited about Ceres, as well.
On March 6, NASA’s Dawn light shuttle will visit the midget planet Ceres for the first time. Did you know Ceres, in the same way as Pluto, was once viewed as a planet?
Ceres was initially found in 1801 by Sicilian stargazer Giuseppe Piazzi. Astronomers at the time thought of it as an undiscovered planet in the middle of Mars and Jupiter. They named Ceres after the Roman goddess of harvest.
By 1803, Ceres was popular to the point that another component was named after it, Cereum.
Inside a year, space experts began uncovering more “planets” close-by. It worked out that Ceres was simply the biggest space rock out of numerous. By the 1850s, Ceres was downgraded to a space rock.
At that point, in 2006, the International Astronomical Union chose Pluto wasn’t a planet, either. The reasons may sound natural — Pluto ended up being one of numerous questions in a circling cinch of rock and ice.
Pluto was downgraded to small planet, goading its huge number of fans. In the same stroke, poor Ceres at long last got a break and was advanced on equivalent balance with Pluto.
Pluto may still get some reprieve in the future when more sympathetic individuals will populate the International Astronomical Union. For the time being Pluto will share the status of Ceres and Vesta also being referred to as dwarf planets.
However, the unfolding events will definitely put everything at the back-burners while Ceres and Dawn take the center stage leading to March 16 when the spacecraft from NASA will at last enter the orbit of the asteroid at last. Then the world will witness a great event, greater than the first manned landing on the moon, if only for the lengthy distance it requires for Dawn to travel.