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What is the distance between Ceres and the Sun?

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Ceres is about 258 million miles from the sun, as stated by NASA. Its orbit around the sun crosses between Mars and Jupiter.

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Ceres is a dwarf planet that is spherical in shape. It was discovered January 1, 1801, by an Italian Catholic priest named, Giuseppe Piazzi. Piazzi was also an astronomer and mathematician and spotted Ceres while looking for a star. The planet takes 4.6 years to revolve once around the sun and is located in the asteroid belt. Ceres is believed by many scientists to have an icy mantle, while others agree that the inner layer is liquid water. NASA is conducting research to further study Ceres and has launched a probe with hopes of identifying extraterrestrial life on the dwarf planet.

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