Dawn Begins Approach To Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft officially began its approach to the dwarf planet Ceres this week. Ceres was the first asteroid discovered and at 590 miles (950 km) across, the largest of the Main Belt asteroids that cycle between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. No probe’s ever visited Ceres, and our best photos taken by the…
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Serious About Ceres? Vested In Vesta? A Last-minute Conjunction Guide

And yes the twain shall meet! Tonight I have a couple new photos to share with you showing the asteroids Ceres and Vesta just before their face-to-face meeting on July 5. That night they’ll be 10 arc minutes or just a third of a full moon diameter apart. Don’t fret if the weather’s supposed to be…
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Two Asteroids Approach In The Night / See Saturn’s Elusive Moon Iapetus

This coming week there will be something for everyone in the night sky whatever instrument you choose: telescope, binoculars or naked eyeballs. The biggest asteroid, Ceres, and brightest, Vesta, have been on converging paths since early spring. Right now they’re about a moon diameter (1/2 degree) apart and closing with each passing night. Saturday night…
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Drum Roll Please … Curiosity Takes First-ever Pix Of Asteroids From Mars!

Dang! NASA’s Curiosity rover beat me to it by just one day, spotting the asteroids Ceres and Vesta from the surface of Mars on Sunday April 20. Me? I caught them later that night from a comfortable location on Earth with a pair of 8×40 binoculars. The rover aimed its high-resolution mast camera skyward to…
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If You Can Find Mars, You Can Spot Ceres And Vesta Too – Try It!

Who hasn’t been dazzled by the Red Planet these April nights? Come 10 o’clock, Mars shines brilliantly in the south accompanied by the the blue-white star Spica. But did you know that just a short distance away, asteroids Ceres and Vesta are making their rounds in the night sky too? Ordinary binoculars will easily show…
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