Asteroid Vesta Technicolor surface

This animation of asteroid Vesta is made from images taken with Dawn’s framing camera. Many of the images were taken at different viewing angles to provide stereo for use in determining the topography.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI


Vesta, is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System, with a mean diameter of about 525 kilometres (326 mi). It was discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers on 29 March 1807 and is named after Vesta, the virgin goddess of home and hearth from Roman mythology.