Best yet images of Ceres

Explanation: NASA's Dawn spacecraft, on approach to dwarf planet Ceres, has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of this mysterious world. The image of Ceres was taken on Feb. 4, 2015, from a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers). At a resolution of 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) per pixel, the pictures represent the sharpest images to date of Ceres. New Horizons is traveling so swiftly, that even though LORRI (LOng Range Reconnaissance Imager) has 19 times resolving power per pixel than Dawn's framing camera, it will capture Pluto at a similar resolution just two days before encounter (Pluto will take up more pixels in the frame). After the spacecraft arrives and enters into orbit around the dwarf planet, it will study the intriguing world in great detail. Ceres, with a diameter of 590 miles (950 kilometers), is the largest object in the main asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter.


Image credit: NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA