Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and the asteroid belt is located between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars.

Since its discovery on January 1, 1801, by Italian Astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi, Ceres has been referred to as a planet, then reclassified as an asteroid, and finally, a Dwarf Planet in 2006.

Piazzi was also a Catholic Priest. When he made the discovery of Ceres, he did so from the Palermo Astronomical Observatory in Sicily.

The name for Ceres was originally Ceres Ferdinandea. Ceres after the Roman Goddess of Agriculture whose earthly home and oldest temple is in Sicily, and Ferdinandea after King Ferdinand III of Sicily.

The astronomical symbol for Ceres is the Sickle. In 1973, Ceres was resurrected for astrological use.