The Dawn spacecraft is orbiting Ceres at its final altitude of 385 km (240 mi). The Dawn Twitter feed has been awash recently with images of the surface of the dwarf planet.
The image above shows an area near Ceres’ south polar region. The shadows appear elongated because from this perspective, so close to Ceres’ south pole, the sun is never very high in the sky.
On Dec. 18, 2015, the Dawn twitter feed posted that the spacecraft had begun intensive observations of Ceres.
Today, on the final day of 2015, the Dawn Twitter feed posted a video showing some of the amazing images the Dawn spacecraft has returned from Ceres over the past year.
Happy New Year! Here’s to another year of discovery and wonder!