Dwarf Planet Ceres was discovered in 1801 by astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi “as a faint smudge of light that wandered slowly among the stars.”1 In September, 2007, NASA's Dawn mission embarked on its journey to investigate in detail two of the largest protoplanets remaining intact since their formation, Ceres and Vesta. Dawn completed its orbit around asteroid Vesta in 2012, and is now heading to dwarf planet Ceres to finally unlock the mysteries of this new world. Does Ceres have water? Could it really be a planet? How did it come to be in the asteroid belt? So many questions remain unanswered.
1[Cited from the December 2014 Dawn Journal, Marc Rayman.]
Here's Where You Come In
Since Dawn's arrival at Ceres in March 2015, we have received many amazing contributions from Dawn enthusiasts! Can you imagine what the Dawn mission might discover at Ceres as we continue to map its surface in closer orbits? What does this vast world hold for explorers and scientists today? People often think of science as a collection of facts and information. In fact, science is a process of “imagining” answers to questions and developing ways to examine those ideas and move forward the process of understanding and knowledge.
Share Your Creation
What do you imagine the surface of Ceres will look like? How do you imagine that Ceres formed? When do you imagine Ceres came into being? Over what time frame? What might you imagine that has not been imagined yet? Send us your creations in the form of art, music, poetry, video, or . . . . .
let's imagine together and see what we see.
i C Ceres!
Here are some resources about Ceres to ignite your imagination:
- Where is Dawn Now?
- Image Galleries
- Dawn Journal
- Dawn Blog
- Dawn Snaps Its Best-Yet Image of Dwarf Planet Ceres
- Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet
- Destination Ceres: Icy World Revealed? - Part I
- Great Expectations: Ceres Series- Part II
- Dawn Spacecraft Technology
- Why Ceres and Vesta?
- Animated Ceres