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Visiting the two most massive asteroids in our Solar System.
During the vernal equinox it is possible for most observers to see all 110 Messier Objects in a single night. Thanks to New Moon on March 10, the best night to do this will be on Thursday. For many of us, "marathoning" during the week isn't so easy. Why not try your own style of marathoning as we take a week long look at the observing list and enjoy these splendid objects "one night at a time?" So get out your scopes and binoculars...
Because here's what's up.
It's called Dawn, and in a little more than a year, this spacecraft will blast off from Florida, bound for two separate asteroids: Vesta and Ceres. Visiting the two most massive asteroids in our solar system will be an ambitious undertaking; maybe one of the most difficult and dangerous orbital missions attempted. Dawn will bring a suite of scientific instruments to these two asteroids and serve as a time machine to help scientists understand what our solar system looked like 4.6 billion years ago.
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