‘Bright spots’ on Ceres mystify scientists

February 26, 2015 12:45 PM

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‘Bright spots’ on Ceres mystify scientists

Dwarf planet Ceres is pushing scientists to scratch their heads due to mysterious ‘bright spots’ observed in recent images. According to NASA, the agency’s Dawn spacecraft is approaching the orbit of the planet. Images were captured by the Dawn spacecraft at around 29,000 miles away from Ceres. These images show a mysterious bright spot near another bright area.

Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission, based at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that Ceres' bright spot has a companion of lesser brightness, which seems to be in the same basin. This could indicate a volcano-like origin of the spots; however, before making such ...

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