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

Ceres mountain the pyramid

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A 3-mile-high (5 kilometers) mountain dubbed "The Pyramid" juts from Ceres' limb in this photo by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

Ceres Pyramid-Shaped Mountain

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Dwarf planet Ceres contains a pyramid-shaped mountain estimated to rise about 3 miles (5 kilometers) above the surface. NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) on June 6, 2015.

Dawn Sees Giant Crater on Ceres

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A large crater on the dwarf planet Ceres (lower right) is seen in this photo captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015.

Dawn View of Ceres Craters

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured this image of the dwarf planet Ceres' heavily cratered surface on May 23, 2015, from a distance of 3,200 miles (5,100 kilometers).

Ceres — Dawn Survey Orbit Image 9

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Ceres, a large dwarf planet in the solar system's asteroid belt, would present many challenges to settlers hoping to set up a colony like the one in the new SyFy channel's show "The Expanse."

Dimmer Companion Found for Bright Spot on Ceres

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft viewed dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). The brightest spot on Ceres possesses a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin.

Dwarf Planet Ceres Seen During One Full Rotation

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres, processed to enhance clarity, on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of about 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for one full rotation, about nine hours.

Uncropped Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these uncropped images of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of roughly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). These images make up part of a series of photos taken as Dawn observed Ceres completing one full rotation, about nine hours.

What Are These Spots?

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The strange bright spots on Ceres are taking center stage in new photos of the dwarf planet captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Read the full story here.

Mystery White Spot on Ceres

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A mysterious white spot can be seen in the newest images from NASA's Dawn space telescope, which is rapidly approaching the dwarf planet.

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