Ceres

  • Dawn’s close-up look at an active Ceres

    Occator crater a source of quite some excitement.

    When NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrived at Ceres in 2015, scientists were expecting to find a relic from the early days o...

    Astronomy August 11, 2020
  • Ceres’ lonely ice volcano is only one of many

    New research is delving into the little know cryovolcanism of the outer solar system.

    The dwarf planet Ceres has had as many as 22 ice volcanoes, new research suggests.Images from NASA’s Dawn mission has...

    Space September 17, 2018
  • Dwarf planet still growing

    NASA data suggests things are far from settled beneath the surface of Ceres. Andrew Masterson rep...

    The presence of certain chemical compounds on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres shows that it is still evolving, ...

    Space March 18, 2018
  • Transient atmosphere on Ceres linked to solar activity

    Energetic particles from the sun may dislodge water molecules from ice to form the atmosphere, wr...

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft determined the hydrogen content of the upper meter of Ceres' surface. Blue indicates where hyd...

    Space April 12, 2017
  • Ceres hosts ingredients for life – including organic compounds

    The largest body in the asteroid belt has very complex chemistry.

    This image of Ceres approximates how the dwarf planet's colours would appear to the eye. New data show the asteroid c...

    Space February 16, 2017
  • Ceres is cloaked in dry asteroid debris

    Appearances can be deceiving – at least for small bodies in the outer solar system.

    This image of Ceres is roughly how the dwarf planet's colours would appear to the eye. New research suggests fragment...

    Space January 19, 2017
  • Dwarf planet Ceres is flush with water

    … but probably as ice crystals and hydrated minerals, new data from the Dawn spacecraft suggest. ...

    Comparison of hydrogen content on asteroids Vesta (left) and Ceres (right). On Ceres, hydrogen is concentrated near t...

    Space December 15, 2016
  • Ceres' bright spots, up close

    The brightest area on the dwarf planet stands out amid shadowy, cratered terrain in a dramatic ne...

    NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDAThis image of the limb of dwarf planet Ceres shows a section of the northe...

    Space November 20, 2016
  • Dawn probe paints picture of icy, rocky Ceres – with an ice volcano

    NASA scientists take stock of the treasure trove of data on the largest object in the asteroid be...

    An artist's impression of Dawn firing above dwarf planet Ceres.NASA / JPL-CaltechNASA’s Dawn spacecraft has beamed ba...

    Space September 2, 2016
  • Ceres interior structure gives hints of early life

    NASA scientists have built a picture of what is going on beneath the surface of the dwarf planet,...

    A diagram of how the inside of Ceres could be structured.NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Full image and captionThe ...

    Earth Sciences August 4, 2016
  • How did Ceres heal old impact craters?

    Scientists have been trying to explain why there is so little evidence of collisions with asteroi...

    Ceres’ largest impact crater, Kerwan near the edge of a large depression that could be the remains of an older impact...

    Space July 26, 2016
  • Astronomers spot new distant dwarf planet

    A Kuiper Belt object on a vast elliptical 700-year orbit around the sun may give new insights int...

    The orbit of the dwarf planet, currently known as 2015 RR245, shown as an orange line. ALEX PARKER/ OSSOSA dwarf plan...

    Space July 12, 2016
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