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Asteroids Ceres and Vesta are at their best

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Asteroids Ceres and Vesta are at their best in April

It's not just the red planet Mars which is wowing astronomers this month. The dwarf planet Ceres and the brightest minor planet (4) Vesta lie a mere two degrees apart, just 15 degrees (a fist held at arm's length from knuckle-to-knuckle spans 10 degrees) northeast of Mars (to the upper left from the Northern Hemisphere) among the stars of Virgo.

Both asteroids are at their best this month, coming to opposition (opposite the Sun in the sky) within days of each other, Vesta first on 13 April, followed by Ceres on 15 April

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