Hubble Tracks Ceres

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The Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys studied the asteroid Ceres for a full nine-hour rotational period. The observations represent the most complete view of Ceres, showing that the asteroid has a round shape like Earth and may have a rocky core and a thin crust, also like our planet. Ceres may even have a mantle of water-ice. The features are reflected in this movie of the asteroid's rotational period.

Asteroids, Scientific Visualizations, SD Video, Small Solar System Bodies, Solar System


NASA, ESA, J.Y. Li (University of Maryland) and G. Bacon (STScI)

Publication: September 7, 2005

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