Who discovered the largest asteroid?
Giuseppe Piazzi discovered the largest asteroid, Ceres, in 1801.
What is the first of the asteroids to be discovered in 1801 it is one of the largest and lies between Mars and Jupiter?
Depending on what you view as an asteroid. The second largest non-Dwarf Planet KBO is 2007 OR 10 (this is a fairly newly discovered object and is based on some guesswork) falling just behind Sedna. The second largest non-Dwarf Planet in the main asteroid belt is Vesta which falls only slightly behind Pallas. However, Vesta has more mass.
It is the largest asteroid. It is the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System. It is 950 km (590 mi) in diameter It comprises about a third of the mass of the asteroid belt. It was discovered on New Year's day 1801. It was the first asteroid to be identified It was classified as a planet at the time of discovery.
According to the US naval astronomical applications department the 3rd largest asteroid body is called 4 Vesta. Ref: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/asteroid_masses Actually, they do not know what the largest asteroid is since Pallas and Vesta both have been designated as the second largest asteroid after Ceres, which is no longer an asteroid. Since Ceres is a dwarf planet now, Pallas or Vesta is the largest now. Since Ceres is a dwarf planet, the third largest asteroid is…