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Invest a Night in Vesta

The brightest asteroid visible from Earth prowls across Cetus the Whale this month. Vesta shines at magnitude +6.3, right at the…

4 years ago

What is the Asteroid Belt?

In the 18th century, observations made of all the known planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) led astronomers…

4 years ago

Ceres Bright Spots Keep Their Secret Even From 2,700 miles Up

Don't get me wrong. I love this new photo. Dawn snapped it from its second mapping orbit from 2,700 miles up…

5 years ago

Dawn Does Dramatic Fly Over of Ceres, Enters Lower Mapping Orbit: Video

https://youtu.be/uSaLVAl-ObY Video caption: This new video animation of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft at altitudes…

5 years ago

How Dense is the Asteroid Belt?

We've seen way too many science fiction episodes that show asteroid belts as dense fields of tumbling boulders. How dense…

5 years ago

Scientists in Orbit Over Dawn’s Arrival at Ceres

Dawn’s approach and trajectory as it begins its orbital “dance” with Ceres. As you watch, note the timeline at upper…

5 years ago

What Asteroid 2004 BL86 and Hawaii Have in Common

At first glance, you wouldn't think Hawaii has any connection at all with asteroid 2004 BL86, the one that missed Earth by…

5 years ago

Here’s Dawn’s Best View of Ceres Yet

Just sit back and watch the world turn… or should I say, watch the dwarf planet turn in this fascinating animation…

5 years ago

Surprise! Asteroid Crashes And Raindrop Splashes Look Almost Alike

It's hard to study what an asteroid impact does real-time as you'd need to be looking at the right spot…

5 years ago

Dawn Spacecraft’s Dwarf Planet Dance Improves Hubble’s Far-Away View

The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the best observatories humanity has. It's been operating for nearly 25 years in…

5 years ago