Dawn Gets a Closer Look at Ceres

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, on approach to dwarf planet Ceres, has taken newest and closest-yet snapshots of this mysterious world. The pictures of Ceres were captured on 4th February 2015 from a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometres).

At a resolution of 8.5 miles (14 kilometres) per pixel, the images are the sharpest pictures to date of Ceres.

After the spacecraft reaches and enters into orbit about the dwarf planet, it will study the fascinating world in great detail. Ceres, with a diameter of 590 miles (950 kilometres), is the biggest object in the main asteroid belt, situated between Mars and Jupiter.

This animation below presents a series of pictures obtained with the Framing Camera of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on the way to Ceres on 4th February 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometres) from the dwarf planet. The resolution is 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) per pixel. 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA


This picture is one of several NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took on the way to Ceres on 4th February 2015 at a detachment of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometres) from the dwarf planet. 


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA


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