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Sunrise on Dwarf Planet Ceres as seen from ground level; asteroid belt; main belt; small Solar System body - Space Art Illustration

Sunrise on Ceres

If Ceres has an atmosphere, it is a very tenuous one and would likely be most visible from the surface when the Sun is near the horizon. In this image a rising sun reveals a rugged, frost-covered landscape. The Sun would appear only a third as large as it does from the Earth and, given what is known about Ceres' rate of rotation, would take less than five hours to travel from horizon to horizon at the equator.


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