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Movement of the asteroid Ceres

Movement of the asteroid Ceres

R310/0007

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DENNIS MILON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DENNIS MILON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

The second of a pair of photographs (see also R310/006), taken two days apart, showing the movement of the asteroid Ceres (arrowed) against the stars of the Hyades star cluster. The Hyades form the easily-seen V-shape in the constellation of Taurus (pointing to bottom right in this image). The brightest star in the picture, at the open end of the V, is Aldebaran. Ceres varies in brightness as it orbits the Sun, reaching a maximum magnitude of 6.7, and is visible with binoculars. It was the first asteroid discovered (Jan 1, 1801) and, with a diameter of about 1000 km, is by far the largest. The image is a 2 min exposure, taken on Dec 1, 1975, in Harvard, Mass.. Fujichrome 100 pushed to ASA.

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