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Bright lights on Ceres

Lighted spots seen by the Dawn spacecraft on Ceres
Lighted spots seen by the Dawn spacecraft on Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft captured these bright lights on the dwarf planet Ceres using its framing camera. This picture was taken when Dawn was making a pass of Ceres on June 15, 2015 from a distance of about 4,400 kilometers.

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Anaglyph of Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this anaglyph of Ceres
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took this anaglyph of Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took a series of photographs of the dwarf planet Ceres this past month from a distance of 13,600 kilometers. This analglyph –  which is the name given to the stereoscopic 3D image – was part of the set of photos. The 3D image of Ceres was taken by Dawn’s framing camera using red and cyan filters (one for each eye) can truly be appreciated by anyone that has a pair of basic 3D glasses, to see the stereoscopic image of Ceres with its craters and other surface features.

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Dwarf planet Ceres

Picture of Ceres taken by NASA
Picture of Ceres taken by NASA

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took this picture of Ceres, a dwarf planet in our solar system, using its framing cameras. These two instruments were designed as Dawn’s “eyes” and to help measure the size and shape of Vesta and Ceres, as the spacecraft explored our asteroid belt where the dwarf planet Ceres resides (between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter). This picture was taken from a distance of 83,000 kilometers.

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Dawn spacecraft looks for life on Ceres

RT report looks at the upcoming exploration by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft which is approaching the dwarf planet Ceres (named after the Roman goddess of agriculture). Located in the asteroid belt, this 950 km wide body of rock and ice was previously categorized as an asteroid. Dawn will try to learn more about Ceres, which up till now  has been a bit of a mysterious dwarf planet, including looking for any signs of (previous microbial) life.

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