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September 7, 2005 02:30 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-27

Largest Asteroid May Be 'Mini Planet' with Water Ice

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Image: Images of the Asteroid Ceres Rotation

Images of the Asteroid Ceres Rotation

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

The colors 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.

Object Names: Ceres, 1 Ceres

Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated

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)

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Ceres: December 30, 2003 15:46 UT Image Type: Astronomical Ceres: December 30, 2003 15:46 UT Ceres: December 30, 2003 16:21 UT Image Type: Astronomical Ceres: December 30, 2003 16:21 UT Ceres: January 23, 2004 23:40 UT Image Type: Astronomical Ceres: January 23, 2004 23:40 UT Ceres: January 24, 2004 00:15 UT Image Type: Astronomical Ceres: January 24, 2004 00:15 UT Ceres: January 24, 2004 02:52 UT Image Type: Astronomical Ceres: January 24, 2004 02:52 UT Ceres: January 24, 2004 03:27 UT Image Type: Astronomical Ceres: January 24, 2004 03:27 UT

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