Landscape of Ceres

Here’s a view of the southern mid-latitude region of Ceres around what is known as the Gerber Catena.  There is a nice 3-D version of this image you can see at NASA  (click your browser’s BACK button to return) . Apparently there are grooves on Ceres caused by tectonic activity on the (dwarf) planet. The […]

Ceres South Polar Region

The Dawn spacecraft returned this image from the lowest altitude it has reached so far only 385 km / 240 miles away. Dawn’s caption: This view of Ceres, taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on December 10, shows an area in southern hemisphere of the dwarf planet. It is located at approximately 85.6 south longitude, 176.6 […]

Ceres Bright Spots Likely Ice

It appears the mystery of the bright spots may have been solved! From the original caption: This map of Ceres, made from images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, shows the locations of about 130 bright areas across the dwarf planet’s surface, highlighted in blue. Most of these bright areas are associated with craters. Three insets […]

Latest Image of Ceres

Here is the latest image from the Dawn spacecraft orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres. The image was taken from a distance of 1,470 km / 915 miles with the Framing camera giving a resolution of 140 meters / 450 feet. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Weird Mountain on Ceres

Here’s a better look at that weird mountain on Ceres .  It looks even more like it was sculpted in this view from 1470 km / 915 miles taken from the Dawn spacecraft than it did the first time I saw it. The mountain is 6 km / 4 mi tall and there is a […]

Tour of Ceres

A look at a couple of the features on Ceres including the crater Occator with those bright spots (see Inside Occator Crater) and a mountain with bright streaks. Also if you have 3D glasses there is a rotation segment at the end. Video

Ceres Elevation Map

From JPL: The color scale extends 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) below the surface in purple to 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) above the surface in brown. The brightest features (those appearing nearly white) — including the well-known bright spots within a crater in the northern hemisphere — are simply reflective areas, and do not represent elevation. […]

Ceres Orbital Image 11

Here is another image of the mysterious bright spots on Ceres. This image was taken by the Framing Camera on the Dawn Spacecraft. The image was taken from a distance of 4,400 km / 2,700 miles with a resolution of 410 meters / 1,400 feet per pixel. What are those spots? Nobody knows for sure […]

Ceres Fly Over Animation

A new animation of Ceres fly over was made from images taken on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft’s first mapping run. These are the same images you’ve seen here, just more of them. The altitude varied from 13,600 km / 8,400 miles down to 5,100 km / 3,200 miles. Keep in mind vertical dimensions are exaggerated by […]