Contact? ... 'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion - NASA - via "Dawn" spacecraft - Feb 19, 2015

'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion

Contact? ... 'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion - NASA - via "Dawn" spacecraft - Feb 19, 2015

Vesta: Shadows of the North    The shadowy outlines of the terrain in Vesta's northern region are visible in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Shadows of the North

Vesta: Shadows of the North The shadowy outlines of the terrain in Vesta's northern region are visible in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is approaching the dwarf planet Ceres.

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Maps the Surface of Ceres

Dawn arrived at the giant asteroid Vesta in 2011 and spent 14 months orbiting and studying the protoplanet. Vesta is the third largest object in the asteroid belt.

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Maps the Surface of Ceres

Dawn arrived at the giant asteroid Vesta in 2011 and spent 14 months orbiting and studying the protoplanet. Vesta is the third largest object in the asteroid belt.

Dawn spacecraft captures a sunlit Ceres on cam

Dawn spacecraft captures a sunlit Ceres on cam

This animation shows the north pole of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by the Dawn spacecraft on April Dawn was at a distance of miles kilometres) when its framing camera took these images. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA’s Dawn probe has left the asteroid Vesta to begin a new journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. While Vesta is still classified as an asteroid, many astronomers consider it bordering on dwarf planet status.

NASA’s Dawn probe has left the asteroid Vesta to begin a new journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. While Vesta is still classified as an asteroid, many astronomers consider it bordering on dwarf planet status.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft.

Image of Ceres by the Dawn spacecraft on June 14, 2015

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Maps the Surface of Ceres

Image of Ceres by the Dawn spacecraft on April 10, 2015

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Maps the Surface of Ceres

Image of Ceres by the Dawn spacecraft on April 10, 2015

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