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VIR captures Ceres in both visible and infrared light
In this image, taken January 13, 2015, the Dawn spacecraft's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR) captures the dwarf planet Ceres from a distance of 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) in both visible and infrared light.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/ASI/INAF

  Animated Gif of Ceres taken by Dawn spacecraft on Jan. 13, 2015
The Dawn spacecraft observed Ceres for an hour on Jan. 13, 2015, from a distance of 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers). A little more than half of its surface was observed at a resolution of 27 pixels. This animated GIF shows bright and dark features..
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/ DLR/IDA/PSI
  Image of Ceres captured by Dawn spacecraft on Jan. 13, 2015
The Dawn spacecraft observed Ceres for an hour on Jan. 13, 2015, from a distance of 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers).
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/
IDA/PSI
  This is a raw image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, showing the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft on its approach.
This is a raw image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, showing the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft on its approach.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/
DLR/IDA
     
zoomed in raw image of Ceres
The zoomed-in raw image in Figure 1, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows surface features starting to become apparent in the image.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/
DLR/IDA
  Processed image of dwarf planet Ceres taken Jan. 13, 2015
This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/
DLR/IDA
  Dawn's Gateway Image of Ceres
The Dawn spacecraft acquired this view as part of a calibration of its science camera. Ceres is the bright spot in the center of the image. A cropped, magnified view of Ceres appears in the inset image at lower left.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/
DLR/IDA
  Dawn's first view of Ceres
This unmagnified, uncropped image was taken on Dec. 1, 2014 with the Dawn spacecraft's framing camera, using a clear spectral filter.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/ MPS/DLR/IDA
     
Dawn's Gateway Image of Ceres
Ceres' spherical shape is clearly revealed here. Sunlight illuminates the dwarf planet from the right, leaving a sliver of the surface in shadow at left.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/
DLR/IDA
  The size of Ceres
Comparison of Ceres & Vesta
Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI
    Ceres
Image of Ceres
Credit: Keck Observatory by C. Dumas (NASA-JPL)
    Ceres and Vesta
Ceres and Vesta with sizes
Credit: NASA/HST