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Our Solar System’s Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes

We usually associate volcanoes with extreme heat. But new results demonstrate that the Solar System’s largest asteroid, Ceres, is covered in volcanoes that have spewed ice throughout their history. Read More >>

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NASA’s Dawn Probe Sent Some Stunning New Images of Ceres

Swooping by at a unique angle, NASA’s Dawn space probe recently captured some of the clearest views yet of dwarf planet Ceres, including Occator Crater and its intriguing bright surface features. Read More >>

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Ceres’s Mysterious Bright Spots Aren’t Made of Ice After All

Ceres’s bright spots have been a winking mystery for months, but NASA finally thinks it’s solved the riddle: no, we’re not looking at a giant alien ice rink. More likely, enormous piles of salt peppering the dwarf planet. Read More >>

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Proof That Dusk and Dawn Are the Best Times of the Day

People like dawn because it’s the start of the new day and the illusion of opportunity exists as light breaks the night. I like dawn because when I see the sun rise it meant I had a great night. But dusk is more my speed, the world comes alive in a completely different way. In any case, dusk and dawn are the best times of the day. Read More >>

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Beautiful New Topo Map of Ceres Shows a Complex, Icy World 

NASA has just released a stunning new topographical map of Ceres, the other dwarf planet astronomers are getting to study up close and personal this summer. Unlike Pluto’s freakishly smooth and youthful surface, Ceres’s exterior is riddled with craters, creating a battered old landscape of peaks and valleys. Read More >>

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Ceres’ Bright Spots Continue to Mystify Astronomers

As NASA’s Dawn mission continues to circle dwarf planet Ceres, we’re getting better and more detailed images of the planet’s mysterious bright spots. And yet, science is no closer to understanding what’s making this far-off planet glow. Read More >>

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This is Ceres’ North Pole

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has spent a month in the shadow of Ceres. But now, the highest resolution images of the dwarf planet to date reveal its north pole. Read More >>

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Now You Can Fly Around Asteroid Vesta and Explore Every Crevice 

NASA launched Dawn spacecraft in 2007 to study two of the three known proto-planets of the asteroid belt: Vesta and Ceres. And now has published a Google Earth-like interactive tool called Vesta Trek, which lets you explore one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System. Read More >>

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A Full View of the Gigantic Asteroid Vesta

At 330 miles in diameter, Vesta is the second largest object in the asteroid belt. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting it for some time now, but it's finally generated an image which shows the asteroid in all its glory. Read More >>