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TAAS General Meeting

Saturday Feb 20, 2016

1801 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Phone: 841-2802
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The Albuquerque Astronomical Society

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TAAS General Meeting 

Dr. Tom Prettyman 

"Ceres in Focus"

The Dawn spacecraft was the first to travel to, and successively orbit, two solar system bodies–Vesta and Ceres. They are thought to be surviving protoplanets that formed in the dawn of the solar system.

Now in its lowest altitude orbit, Dawn is acquiring high-resolution images of Ceres' surface. Dr. Prettyman will describe some of the latest observations by Dawn, including bright spots and haze within Occator crater and widespread detection of ammoniated clays. 

Dr. Tom Prettyman is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and an Adjunct Professor at UNM's Institute of Meteoritics.

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