APOD: Approaching Asteroid Ceres (2015 Jan 20)

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Re: APOD: Approaching Asteroid Ceres (2015 Jan 20)

Post by simone » Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:30 am

APOD Robot wrote:Image Approaching Asteroid Ceres

Explanation: It is the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt....
Do you know at what distance was the picture taken? Strangely they didn't state it in the caption as usual. Thanks :-)

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Re: APOD: Approaching Asteroid Ceres (2015 Jan 20)

Post by bystander » Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:15 pm

simone wrote:
Do you know at what distance was the picture taken? Strangely they didn't state it in the caption as usual. Thanks :-)

About 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres (about the distance from Earth to the Moon).

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19168
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Re: APOD: Approaching Asteroid Ceres (2015 Jan 20)

Post by DavidLeodis » Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:46 pm

Donnageddon wrote:I have a hunch this is what you seek http://www.psi.edu/
Thanks Donnageddon for that help, which is appreciated. :)

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Re: APOD: Approaching Asteroid Ceres (2015 Jan 20)

Post by quigley » Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:54 pm

A silly question that I believe was answered by the distance question posted answer, but I was not sure what took these video frames? I now assume that it was the Dawn spacecraft.

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Re: APOD: Approaching Asteroid Ceres (2015 Jan 20)

Post by bystander » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:45 pm

quigley wrote:A silly question that I believe was answered by the distance question posted answer, but I was not sure what took these video frames? I now assume that it was the Dawn spacecraft.

Yes, they were taken by Dawn's Framing Camera, basically its eyes, used for navigation.
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