Bright spots on Ceres now a double mystery

April 14, 2015 3:43 PM

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Bright spots on Ceres now a double mystery

NASA now has a spacecraft in orbit for a long-awaited look at Ceres—and while researchers are learning a lot about the dwarf planet, they're now doubly puzzled by the planet's mysterious bright spots.

As the Dawn spacecraft closes in, scientists have realized there are multiple bright spots, and infrared imaging has revealed that while some of them are the same temperature as the surrounding area, at least one is much colder, Nature reports.

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