Colour view of Ceres

This is a NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope colour image of Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt.

Astronomers enhanced the sharpness in these Advanced Camera for Surveys images to bring out features on Ceres' surface, including brighter and darker regions that could be asteroid impact features. The observations were made in visible and ultraviolet light between December 2003 and January 2004.

The colours represent the differences between relatively red and blue regions. These differences may simply be due to variation on the surface among different types of material.

Ceres' round shape suggests that its interior is layered like those of terrestrial planets such as Earth. Ceres may have a rocky inner core, an icy mantle, and a thin, dusty outer crust inferred from its density and rotation rate of 9 hours. Ceres is approximately 590 miles (950 kilometers) across and was first discovered in 1801.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), P. Thomas (Cornell University), L. McFadden (University of Maryland, College Park), and M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0527d
Type:Observation
Release date:7 September 2005, 20:30
Size:250 x 250 px

About the Object

Name:Ceres
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
330 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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