Category | Vesta Mappers

By Susie Murph on July 27, 2016 in

Who would have expected a mystery on Ceres? The largest asteroid in the belt located between Mars and Jupiter seems fairly straightforward. The scientists expected similar results to the ones they gleaned from the study of Vesta, another asteroid being studied by Dawn. The Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting Ceres since 2015, however, and the […]

By Susie Murph on June 30, 2016 in

Las Cumbres Observatory have partnered with Asteroid Day and Universe Awareness to create a website which allows you to take pictures of asteroids, using a global network of telescopes. Las Cumbres Observatory has 18 professional robotic telescopes at seven remote astronomical sites across the globe. With this website, you can join the international campaign to […]

By Susie Murph on June 1, 2016 in

CosmoQuest team members Suzanne Gurton, Brian Kruse, Theresa Summer, Rachel Freed and Pablo Nelson of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific had a great crowd while testing the new CosmoQuest citizen science demonstration “The Hole Story” at the May 14, 2016 “Astronomy Day” event at the California Academy of Sciences. Over 100 people, mostly families, […]

By Susie Murph on May 31, 2016 in

The Astrowatch blog reports that the strange bright spots, first discovered on the dwarf planet Ceres by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, continue to defy an easy explanation. A team led by Paolo Molaro of the Trieste Astronomical Observatory in Italy, following up on the Dawn observations conducted observations of these features, they found out something unexpected […]

By Susie Murph on May 18, 2016 in

“No one expected a mountain on Ceres, especially one like Ahuna Mons,” said Chris Russell, Dawn’s principal investigator at the University of California, Los Angeles. These words are a sign of just how surprising the images that NASA’s Dawn probe have returned have been, since entering into orbit around Ceres on March 6, 2015. The […]