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Video of Ceres from DAWN Images

Ceres can be considered as either a large asteroid or a small planet, often called a dwarf planet. It is almost 590 miles (950 kilometers) across, as big as the state of Texas. It is located in the asteroid belt, at an orbit of about 2.8 AUs or 419 million kilometers from the Sun. (Earth […]

Dawn Update

Dawn is a space probe that was launched in Sept of 2007 and has been thrusting it’s way toward the asteroid belt since then. It reached the edge of the main belt last November and now is poised to do some close up investigating of some of the larger asteroids. Dawn Sailing Smoothly Through The […]

Water on Ceres

Ceres is the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt and was the first asteroid ever discovered, in 1802. Recent data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope suggest that the outer mantle of Ceres is frozen liquid containing ammonia and water. There is evidence that Ceres may be as much as 20% water. We will probably […]

Dawn in the Belt

The Dawn probe spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in September of 2007, used Mars as a slingshot in February of 2009 and has now reached the asteroid belt, where it will remain. Dawn Takes up Residence in Asteroid Belt – [] The Dawn spacecraft – which is on a course to study the asteroid […]

1777 – Gauss – bio

1777 - Gauss - bio

“Mathematics is the queen of sciences and number theory the queen of mathematics. She often condescends to render service to astronomy and other natural sciences, but in all relations she is entitled to the first rank.” Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1777. He made great contributions to mathematics, but was […]