Video: Cruise over dwarf planet Ceres

Take a tour of weird Ceres! Visit the mysterious bright spots and a 4-mile-tall mountain. And get your red/blue glasses out for a global view in 3D.

Striking 3-D detail highlights a towering mountain, a deep crater with bright spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres in a new video from NASA’s Dawn mission.

Ceres is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. In March 2015, the Dawn spacecraft arrived at Ceres – the first mission to reach a dwarf planet. On June 3, Dawn moved from an original orbit to a second, closer orbit. The spacecraft observed the dwarf planet from 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) above its surface until June 28.

Dawn will resume its observations of Ceres in mid-August from its next orbit, an altitude of 900 miles (less than 1,500 kilometers), or three times closer to Ceres than its previous orbit. We’re looking forward to what we might see!

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Bottom line: New video from NASA’s Dawn mission is takes a tour of dwarf planet Ceres, over a towering mountain and the mysterious bright spots.

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Eleanor Imster