Ceres: Goddess of the Asteroid Belt


In January 1, 1801, Giuseppe Piazzi pointed his telescope in the direction of the rocky objects that orbit the Sun be­tween Mars and Jupiter and discovered what he thought was a new comet. Piazzi named the object Ceres, after the Si­cilian goddess of grain, and Ceres became a planet for 50 years. Three other objects were discovered in the next few years: Pallas, Vesta, and Juno, which were also considered to be planets. Later, William Herschel, discoverer of Ura­nus, argued that they were too small…

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