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Happy Kwanzaa from NASA – and Ceres!
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kwanzaa may be an African-American festival on Earth, but it’s also a cute little mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres – and there’s a reason for that connection to the season. Today NASA is highlighting the Cerean geological feature known as Kwanzaa Tholus, in honor of the African-themed harvest celebration that runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili phrase for “first fruits,” and it’s marked by candle-lighting and gift-giving over the course of seven days. The other part of the name, “Tholus,” is a traditional designation in planetary geology for small mountains and hills, passed down… Read More read more
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