Dinosaur National Monument Offers Night Sky Suggestion

by | Mar 14, 2023 | News | 0 comments

While winter might be putting up a fight, spring is forcing its way through. Dinosaur National Monument has pointed out a hopeful omen that spring is around the corner. Always encouraging Dark Sky activities, the Monument shared that the dwarf planet named Ceres can be spotted in the night sky with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Ceres is named after the Greek/Roman goddess of agriculture. It is located in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It just so happens to be the first asteroid discovered which happened on January 1st, 1801 by Giuseppe Piazza in Sicily.  It got announced as a new planet then later was classified as an asteroid and then finally as a dwarf planet. It is also the only dwarf planet orbiting entirely within Neptune’s orbit. Visit the Dinosaur National Monument Facebook page to learn how to find it in the night sky. 

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