Images of the Asteroid Ceres Rotation

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took these images of Ceres during its 9-hour rotation.

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.

Astronomers enhanced the sharpness in these 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.

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:opo0527e
Type:Collage
Release date:7 September 2005, 20:30
Size:2400 x 3000 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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