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How to watch live as NASA’s orbiter approaches dwarf planet Ceres at 1PM EST

March 6th, 2015 at 12:05 PM
NASA Orbiter

Looking for something to do this afternoon? Why not watch history be made as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft approaches the dwarf planet Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

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“Few astronomical events are as exciting as seeing a world up-close for the very first time; with Dawn’s imminent arrival at Ceres that’s exactly what we’ve got to look forward to over the coming days, weeks and months,” Slooh host Will Gater said in a statement.

This mission has drawn increased attention over the past several days following the discovery of a second mysterious bright spot on the planet’s surface. Although it is likely a result of a reflection from ice or salts, there’s still a chance that the spots could indicate a cryovolcano, which is just as ridiculously cool as it sound.

“The mission should tell us a great deal about the history and composition of this enigmatic dwarf planet,” Gater continued “And, as we’ve seen with those mysterious bright ‘spots’, there will always be thrilling surprises to investigate along the way. I can’t wait to see what Dawn will show us!”

If you want to watch the approach, Slooh will be broadcasting live views of Ceres during a 45-minute webcast starting at 1 p.m. ET. Click here to watch live.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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