NASA’s Dawn Probe Snaps Stunning New Pictures Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Posted: Nov 22 2016, 6:25am CST | by , Updated: Nov 22 2016, 8:57pm CST , in Latest Science News

NASA’s Dawn Probe Snaps Stunning New Pictures of Dwarf Planet Ceres
(L) The strange bright spots of Occator Crater on the dwarf planet Ceres are unmistakable in this spectacular photo by NASA's Dawn spacecraft taken on Oct. 17, 2016 and released on Nov. 18 as Dawn moves into a higher orbit. (R) Kupalo Crater, which measures 16 miles (26 kilometers) across and is located at southern mid-latitudes. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  • Dawn Probe by NASA sent stunning pictures of Dwarf Planet Ceres

The spacecraft currently situated right above the small planet has snapped the Occator Crater.

The Dawn probe spacecraft by NASA, which is currently travelling above the Dwarf planet Ceres, has started sending pictures to earth. The pictures of the dwarf planet are stunning to say the least.

Since the spacecraft is right above the small planet it was able to snap the central right region on the planet known as the Occator Crater, according to

The Occator Crater is the hugest and brightest region on the dwarf planet with a size of 57 miles long width i.e. 92 kilometers and a 2.5 miles long depth i.e. 4 km.

By comparison the crater is 77 times larger than the Barringer Crater situated on earth in Arizona. The picture of the crater was taken by the Dawn probe when it was approximately 920 miles (1,480 km) above the surface of the planet back in early October.

According to planetary scientists the bright spots in the pictures are probably a result of briny material bubbling up.

The material may have bubbled up during geologic activity as the liquid bubbling would sublimate away leaving only the salts behind. Similarly an asteroid may have slammed into Ceres forming the huge Occator Crater.

Another image releases by NASA shows the planet Dawn as it would seem to human eyes. The images released on the 18th of November, was created by NASA using images from the Dawn spacecraft and then using color adjustment by the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, they were formed.

Now the spacecraft Dawn is travelling beyond the planet Ceres and will go 4,500 miles i.e. 7,242 km further from Ceres. According to NASA the plan is to send Dawn higher into outer space so it can carry out more measurements.

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