Ceres’ mysterious white spots resolved in latest Dawn images

11 May 2015 Astronomy Now

The enigmatic white features on the dwarf planet Ceres are better resolved in a new sequence of images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 3rd and 4th. In this closest-yet view, the brightest spots within a crater in the northern hemisphere are revealed to be composed of many smaller spots. However, their exact nature remains unknown.

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Dawn observes Ceres’ northern hemisphere

10 May 2015 Astronomy Now

On May 8th, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft completed its mapping of the northern and southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres in this orbit. The craft is now using its ion thruster to spiral down to the second mapping orbit. This image comes from May 4th.

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Ceres looming large in Dawn’s camera

25 February 2015 Astronomy Now

These views of dwarf planet Ceres were taken on 19 February from a distance of about 46,000 kilometres (29,000 miles) by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. Dawn observed Ceres completing one full rotation, which lasted about nine hours to capture both sides of this minor body.


Dawn captures sharper images of Ceres

17 February 2015 Astronomy Now

Now less than three weeks away from its historic rendezvous with dwarf planet Ceres, the latest images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft show a myriad of craters and mysterious bright spots on the tiny world.