Ceres, Pallas Vesta and Hygeia

Ceres, Pallas, Vesta, and Hygeia are the 4 largest members of the asteroid belt. Ceres, being spherical, is considered to be a dwarf planet.

The simulation Ceres.gsim shows the orbits of these four objects. Notice how the orbits of these bodies are highly inclined to the ecliptic, in contrast to most the planets.

Download Ceres.gsim

(You need to have the program Gravity Simulator installed on your computer first. Click Here to download Gravity Simulator.)