Breakfast at Ceres

The Dawn spaceprobe is hours away from entering orbit around Ceres. This dwarf planet is named after the Roman goddess of agriculture (who is also the origin of the word “cereal”). The above painting of her is by Pierre Mignard, while the photograph of Ceres was taken by Dawn on 25 February. The image below shows a simulated view from the spaceprobe, looking back to Earth.

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