The Mountain on Ceres

The Mountain on Ceres

This image received from the Dawn spacecraft clearly shows a recently discovered mountain, approximately 5km high. Original image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Pluto and Charon from 14.9M km

Pluto and Charon from 14.9M km

Latest image received from New Horizons, distance is now 14.9M km and we’re now 12 days from the flyby. As always image has been enlarged and sharpened. Some small scale artifacts might be present in the image. It’s more and more evident how the surface has different reflectivity, with brighter and darker areas separated by…

Pluto and Charon - 15.9M km

Pluto from 15.9M km

Latest processed image of Pluto and Charon coming from New Horizons, from a distance of 15.9M km. Original images have been enlarged, stacked and sharpened. Interesting surface features are becoming more and more apparent. What in previous pictures seemed like a big crater, now seems more similar to a large dark area on the surface.…

Ceres bright spot 22 Jun 2015

Ceres Bright Spot Close-up

Processed image of Ceres bright spot, from image received from Dawn on Jun 22nd. Processing was done in order to increase contrast which was pretty low in the original image. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Vesta and Ceres conjunction on Jul 4 2014

Vesta and Ceres conjunction

One of the reasons why I have built The Sky Live, and in particular the ‘live tracker’ feature using real deep sky photos from DSS, was to be able to easily spot interesting and beautiful juxtapositions of Solar System objects and other deep space objects, like a comet passing close to a galaxy, a globular…