NASA has released new images of the dwarf planet Ceres, created using data from the Dawn spacecraft. They reveal the varied topography of this intriguing world – while the agency has also sought help from the public to understand some of its more mysterious features.
The images use false colors to highlight different compositions on the surface. Red shows areas that strongly reflect infrared light, blue represents shorter (bluer) wavelengths, and green areas are the brightest (highest albedo) parts of the surface. Without this false-color view, Ceres looks fairly homogenously gray to the naked eye.