NASA has released amazing new photos of Ceres

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft recently snapped new photos of the dwarf planet Ceres during its fifth scheduled orbit.

These photos, taken on October 16th, show the Occator Crater with awesome clarity. It is the angle of the sun that shined its light onto Ceres, giving the photo its great quality. The light perfectly illuminates “Spot 5,” the crater like area in the middle of the Occator Crater.

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

The Spot 5 glows very clearly in the photo. Some recent research has indicated that the bright material around the crater consists of salts that had been left behind after a briny liquid emerged from deep below. This liquid had frozen upon reaching the surface and then sublimated, turning from ice into vapor.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

The German Aerospace Center in Berlin released a recent photo of Ceres that gives us a good approximation of how the dwarf planet appears to the human eye. Several images taken from Dawn’s first orbit back in 2015 were combined to create this view of Ceres. The framing camera used red, blue, and green filters to recreate what how the dwarf planet would be appear to our eyes. The color is then calculated based on how Ceres reflects different wavelengths of light.

Source: NASA

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