Sharpest yet views of Ceres.

Explanation: Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers), pose intriguing questions for the science team to explore as the spacecraft nears its destination. Dawn will be gently captured into orbit around Ceres on March 6. As the spacecraft delivers better images and other data, the science team will be investigating the nature and composition of Ceres, including the nature of the craters and bright spots that are coming into focus. The latest images, which have a resolution of 4.9 miles (7.8 kilometers) per pixel, represent the sharpest views of Ceres to date.


Image credits: Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.