Cricinfo – The Sun is not the biggest star in the Solar System, nor the most massive, nor is it even the most luminous star.
In fact, according to data collected by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, it’s the one that’s closest to Earth.
That’s a pretty big deal, and it’s one that scientists will be monitoring closely going forward.
While the solar system is certainly the largest in the known universe, Dawn is the first spacecraft to reach the asteroid belt, and its discoveries are likely to have a profound impact on our understanding of the formation of our solar system and other planets.
We’ll be watching Dawn closely to understand the formation processes on this far-flung planet.
In particular, Dawn’s results will help us to determine if there’s a large number of asteroids in the asteroid’s asteroid belt that are smaller than Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and if so, whether there’s some way to get those asteroids to form.
And in a bit of bad news for Earth-bound travelers, NASA has announced that the asteroid Ceres, which orbits the sun at an angle, is also in a different group.
Dawn was launched in September of 2011.
The spacecraft was tasked with looking for evidence of life on the distant dwarf planet Ceres, and a number of interesting discoveries have been made since its arrival in orbit.
Here’s a look at some of those finds.
Ceres has a large surface, with a diameter of 4,000 kilometers.
The largest crater, called Kapteyn, is roughly the size of Rhode Island, and contains the largest complex of geysers in the solar nebula.
It’s also one of the few large moons of Ceres, located in the same orbit as Earth.
This picture shows the surface of Ceres taken from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
Ceres has an atmosphere and surface that’s about the same density as the Earth’s, but has a much thicker atmosphere than Earth’s.
As a result, Ceres has a water-ice crust, which is a kind of water ice that can be heated by radiation from the sun and the planet’s magnetic field.
The thick crust can allow for an atmosphere to exist in its own right, allowing it to have water ice on its surface.
The icy surface is covered with a thin layer of ice, which allows the surface to be viewed from space.
This image shows a composite of the two views.
The dark layer is ice that’s frozen solid, while the light layer is a thin, crystalline material.
The two layers form an atmosphere.
The largest crater in Ceres is known as Kapterys, and is about 1,500 kilometers across.
The crater’s crater is roughly 50 meters wide and 50 meters deep.
There are about 2,000 small and large asteroids in Ceres’ orbit, which means it has a total mass of about 1.6 billion kilograms.
In other words, Ceres is about half the size as the Moon.
Ceres is the most Earth-sized object in the outer solar system.
In a few hours, Dawn will be ready to enter Ceres’ atmosphere and begin to study its composition.
If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will return to Earth and begin the journey back to the dwarf planet.
Asteroids are fascinating and exciting objects, but scientists don’t always know exactly how they formed.
So it’s important to keep an open mind when it comes to them, and to explore their origins in the hopes of finding out more about the universe.
NASA is currently developing a new generation of missions to look for exoplanets in the Milky Way.
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Originally published on Space.com.