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Photos: Dwarf Planet Ceres, the Solar System's Largest Asteroid

Topographic View of Ceres Mountain

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft provided image used to produce this view of Ceres featuring a tall conical mountain. Read the full story.

Behold, Ceres

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This amazing view of a crater on Ceres comes from a video captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft while orbiting the dwarf planet.

Ceres Mountain Ridge

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An image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken on Aug. 19, 2015, shows a mountain ridge, near lower left, that lies in the center of Urvara crater on Ceres.

Ceres' Lonely Mountain

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres on Aug. 19, 2015, from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The mountain, located in the dwarf planet's southern hemisphere, stands 4 miles (6 km) high. Its perimeter is sharply defined, with almost no accumulated debris at the base of the brightly streaked slope.

Ceres Gaue crater

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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft took this image of Gaue crater, the large crater on the bottom, on Ceres. Gaue is a Germanic goddess to whom offerings are made in harvesting rye. The image was taken on Aug. 19, 2015.

Dawn's Ceres Maps

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These color-coded maps of the dwarf planet Ceres were created from topographic data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The planet's surface has dramatic variation, with as great as 9 mile (15 kilometer) variation between tall peaks and crater bottoms. [Read full story.]

Ceres Features Get Names

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A color-coded map of dwarf planet Ceres' topography points out the names of its many features, captured in detail by NASA's Dawn mission. [Read full story.]

Haulani, a Bright Region on Ceres

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This visible and infrared image of dwarf planet Ceres shows Haulani, a bright region named after the Hawaiian plant goddess [Read full story.]

Bright spots on Ceres

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The brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres are seen in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015.

Ceres' Northern Hemisphere in Survey

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of craters in the northern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres on June 6, 2015, from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). Image released June 10, 2015.

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