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This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its high-altitude mapping orbit, in August and September, 2015. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
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Dwarf Planet's Weirdly Mysterious Surface Mapped: Photos

New maps of Ceres show the dwarf planet's mysterious bright spots and huge, pyramid-shaped mountain in a new light.

Published On 10/01/2015
12:40 PM EDT
This color-coded map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the highs and lows of topography on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres. It is labeled with names of features approved by the International Astronomical Union. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
This view, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, features a tall conical mountain on Ceres. Elevations span a range of about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the lowest places in this region to the highest terrains. Blue represents the lowest elevation, and brown is the highest. The white streaks seen running down the side of the mountain are especially bright parts of the surface. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
This view, made using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, is a color-coded topographic map of Occator crater on Ceres. Blue is the lowest elevation, and brown is the highest. The crater, which is home to the brightest spots on Ceres, is approximately 56 miles (90 kilometers wide). | NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA