“As Dawn got closer to Ceres, one of the first things we saw were these bright spots. It’s impossible not to be mesmerized by these glowing beacons shining out from these unfamiliar lands ahead.” THE DWARF PLANET…
By Jenny Marder and Justin Scuiletti
After spending nearly eight years floating through deep space, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft finally reached its destination Friday, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt called Ceres.
By Joshua Barajas and Rebecca Jacobson, Inside Energy
Years into its nearly decade-long mission to survey the asteroid belt, NASA's Dawn spacecraft traveled through deep space to better understand the dwarf planet Ceres. Now within 52,000 miles of the celestial body, Dawn's latest images still leave scientists baffled…
By Joshua Barajas
After years of debate over Pluto's planetary status, the International Astronomical Union voted Thursday to classify the celestial object as a "dwarf planet," thereby shrinking the number of major planets in the solar system to eight.
By PBS NewsHour
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