Latest Dawn Images of Ceres

And… lets not forget the Dawn spacecraft currently orbiting Ceres. Its already given us highly detailed images of the dwarf planet, and it won’t make its closest approach until December – so even sharper images are yet to come.

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A strange mountain-like structure (which the media are incorrectly calling a “pyramid”) has been observed; on the image below, it appears toward the right side just above the center:


Here’s a close-up of that feature:

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It doesn’t look like a pyramid to me. Frankly, it looks like a volcano. Elsewhere there’s clear evidence that Ceres has active vulcanism going on, so finding an actual volcano should not come as a surprise.

More details should emerge in the coming months.