NASA releases new animated sequence of Ceres


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The latest animated sequence of images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows northern terrain on the sunlit side of dwarf planet Ceres.

Dawn took the images on 14 and 15 April from 22,000 kilometres above Ceres' northern hemisphere. The spacecraft was settling into its first circular orbit, called RC3 (for "rotation characterisation 3"), which it will begin on 23 April.

The bright feature called "spot 5" by the Dawn science team – actually two bright spots close together – rotates into view at right in the last few frames.

Scientists remain baffled about is causing the bright spots, despite speculation it is caused by a plume of gas.

A processed still image from the sequence below.

via GIPHY

  1. http://blog.cosmosmagazine.com/blog/2015/3/24/first-hints-of-an-explanation-of-the-ceres-bright-spot
  2. http://giphy.com/gifs/planet-dwarf-ceres-wPJkHylV1mWLS
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