The largest object in the asteroid belt is not a lumpy rock, but a round world called Ceres. It has a tiny artificial “moon” — our Dawn spacecraft, which fell silent last year after a long, successful mission.
Last December, scientists discovered an “active” asteroid, #6478Gault , within the asteroid belt. An @MIT -led team now reports that it has caught the asteroid in the act of changing color, in the near-infrared spectrum, from red to blue.
On Aug. 28, 1993, NASA's #Galileospacecraft flew by the asteroid Ida on its way Jupiter. Galileo was the first spacecraft to fly by an #asteroid in the asteroid belt. #otd #otdinspaceMoreinspaceMore :
The media scrum around Kamala Harris at the state fair is pretty dystopian. Like a dense and dangerous asteroid belt of jostling cameras and reporters (like yours truly) that make it difficult for fairgoers to meet the candidate.
A lone mountain soars a staggering 4,000 meters above the rugged terrain of Ceres, the largest world in the asteroid belt. Called Ahuna Mons, it is one of a kind, and now we know what it is: a muddy cryovolcano bubbling up from the depths.
It's been a big week for small objects in the solar system. A billion miles past Pluto, explored a small Kuiper Belt object for the first time, while closer to Earth, entered orbit around an asteroid. See details at
No rest for the curious. Next up after ’s : arrives #MarsLandingt the asteroid Bennu on Dec. 3. Then on New Years Eve makes its historic Kuiper Belt Object flyby! 🛰 We hope you’ll come along for the ride.
This unusual object in the asteroid belt consists of 2 asteroids orbiting each other, but has comet-like features: