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Ceres It is the largest of the Asteroids or small planets and the first to have been discovered, by Giuseppe Piazzi, director of the astronomical observatory of Palermo, on January 1, 1801.

It has a diameter of 1,000 km and completes a round around the Sun every 4.6 years, at an average distance of 413,800,000 km. Ceres, at its maximum apparent luminosity, is barely visible to the naked eye from Earth.

In Roman mythology, Ceres was the goddess of agriculture. She and her daughter Proserpine were equivalent to the Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone. The Greek belief that his jubilation when reuniting with his daughter every spring made the land produce fruits and grains in abundance was introduced in Rome in the 5th century B.C., and his cult became extremely popular, especially among commoners.

The word cereal derives from its name. His most important holiday, the Cerealia, was celebrated from April 12 to 19.


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