Seriously Ceres

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Courtesy of NASA’s Dawn space probe, we can now see the dwarf planet Ceres, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, rotating in all its glory.

Ceres was discovered by the Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801.  It is a little more than one eighth the diameter of the Moon.

The gif above shows somewhat mysterious whites spots on Ceres’ surface. Hopefully, this “mystery” will clear up when Dawn rendezvouz with Ceres in early March of 2015.

 

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Author: Bob Mahoney

Physics teacher

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