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Rotating Ceres from Dawn, February 19, 2015

Rotating Ceres from Dawn, February 19, 2015

NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA / Emily Lakdawalla

Rotating Ceres from Dawn, February 19, 2015
Dawn took 27 photos of Ceres during its Rotation Characterization 2 in order to make this animated view of the dwarf planet rotating. The publicly released version of this animation had been stretched to make Ceres' disk appear circular. Ceres is, in fact, quite oblate, so this version has had Ceres' shape corrected. At full size the animation has been enlarged to about 200% of its original resolution.

Here are two other versions of the same data. All of the frames:

Dawn's Ceres Rotation Characterization 2 (individual frames)

NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA / Emily Lakdawalla

Dawn's Ceres Rotation Characterization 2 (individual frames)
Dawn took 27 photos of Ceres during its Rotation Characterization 2. The images released by JPL were enlarged non-proportionally to make Ceres' disk circular; the versions here have been adjusted to return Ceres' disk to its oblate shape. Adjacent pairs of images can be viewed cross-eyed to simulate 3D.

And a version as a red-blue anaglyph:

Dawn's Ceres Rotation Characterization 2 (3D anaglyph)

NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA / Emily Lakdawalla

Dawn's Ceres Rotation Characterization 2 (3D anaglyph)
In this animation, sequential frames from Dawn's Rotation Characterization 2 are displayed as left and right eyes to make a red-blue anaglyph. The 3D effect breaks down at the bright edge of Ceres, but some features can be seen to pop into 3D with the use of red-blue glasses.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about February 19, 2015

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