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Ceres Ever Closer — 2 Comments

  1. Looking at these reminds me of why I fell in love with studying moons and what we now understand to be dwarf planets when I was in college. They are so different from one another and often fill the mind with so much wonder… Thank you for the post! I just wish we had these images in color. :/

  2. I was playing with the pictures in IPhoto again (just having fun). What jumps out at me about the image of Ceres on the right is that the white objects toward the bottom left (I’m presuming they are craters) seem to have a symmetry to them. It almost makes a crooked mouth of a smiley face in proportion to the two white objects (craters) on the top (sorry for the imagery, but it makes it easier to explain with I am looking at). Could the symmetry of the “smile” have come from one object that broke up before impact? The center of the “mouth” seems to have a tail. Is that ejecta on the surface or is that jetting up into the air? With the image to the left, something draws me to the dark splotch under the bright, white impact crater toward the top (it almost looks like a birth mark). Is it significant that it is so much darker than the rest of the area around it? It doesn’t look like a shadow, but I really can’t tell. Thanks again for posting the images, there are a lot of fun to look at!

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