Occator Crater on Ceres

Solar System

Asteroid Ceres Was Radioactive — and That Could Explain a Lot

Radioactive heating in this asteroid's early days may have destabilized the small world, creating asymmetric surface features.

Dawn images Ceres from new, low orbit

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA's Dawn Probe Reaches Its Low, Final Orbit

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered a new and final orbit that will take it less than 30 miles above the surface of asteroid Ceres.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Let's Get Serious About Ceres

We pay a visit to Ceres, now the apple of the Dawn Mission's eye, as it creeps through Sagittarius this month

White spots on Ceres

Solar System

Dawn Sees Ceres Bright Spots and More

New results from the Dawn orbiter show bright spots, a pyramid-shape mountain, and mysterious haze on the dwarf planet Ceres.

Ceres from orbit

Space Missions

Asteroid Tour: Fly Over Ceres

Visit the dwarf planet Ceres in this video animation created from images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.

Ceres map, slice

Solar System

Dawn Maps Ceres in False Color

Thanks to NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, we’re finally seeing more of the asteroid Ceres than a fuzzy ball.

Solar System

Dawn Orbiter Reaches Dwarf-Planet Ceres

The long-distance traveler has finally arrived at the first dwarf planet (and largest asteroid) yet studied by spacecraft.

Bright spots on Ceres

Solar System

Bright Spots on Ceres Intrigue Scientists

Incoming views of the asteroid belt's largest body reveal spots where ice from the interior might be exposed on the surface.