NASA just released a new totally epic video that will literally take viewers out of this world as they watch the flyover tour of dwarf planet Ceres – the largest object in the asteroid belt.
The animated Ceres flyover video was actually based on real photographs and data gathered by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. It has been circling the planet since March last year. The space agency added colors to the video to indicate and differentiate objects and the age of the surface regions from one another. In reality, Ceres is just normally gray and they made it a little psychedelic.
This video is the most cinematic animation ever created by NASA featuring flyover of Ceres. Experts commented that the video is like a “Hollywood-produces space opera” and the use of elegant titles gave importance to features found on the planet.
Ceres is 590 miles in width and is known as the largest object in the asteroid belt located in between Mars and Jupiter. Some people mistake Ceres for an asteroid but it is in fact a dwarf planet that led NASA to assigning Dawn as the first spacecraft to orbit a dwarf planet.
Brownish colors on the surface of Ceres indicate presence of phyllosilicates, blueish colors signify younger regions, and some surface changes may occur due to ice flow and presence of other materials as well like pits and cracks.
This frozen world may appear to be dull and dead from a distance but Dawn revealed that there are far more qualities and aspects shown in this world unseen by telescopes. The spacecraft caught shiny spots on the dwarf planet that still remained to be unidentified.
Scientists believe that deposits are most likely composed of hydrogen magnesium sulfate, or what is known as Epsom salt on Earth. Furthermore, the bright spots were observed to release volatile elements that create a haze on some regions of the surface.
The video actually highlights the top features of Ceres like the tallest mountain called Ahuna Mons with height of 4 miles and the largest craters, one of which is Occator crater that contains some of the intriguing bright spots.
Dawn’s framing camera team from the German Aerospace Center, DLR created the video using images that were taken from August to October of last year. Dawn is just at an altitude of 900 miles away from Ceres as it circles the dwarf planet.