Dawn Rises Over Ceres North Pole

Dawn's framing camera took these images of Ceres on April 10, 2015 which were combined into a short animation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Dawn’s framing camera took these images of Ceres on April 10, 2015 which were combined into a short animation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Brand new images taken on April 10 by NASA’s Dawn probe show the dwarf planet from high above its north pole. Photographed at a distance of just 21,000 miles (33,000 km) — less than 10 times the Earth-moon distance — they’re our sharpest views to date. The crispness combined with the low-angled sunlight gives Ceres a stark, lunar-like appearance.(…)
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