Ceres science: NASA probe to study dwarf planet's bright spots and more

March 3, 2015 5:20 PM

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Ceres science: NASA probe to study dwarf planet's bright spots and more

There's something highly reflective on Ceres twinkling at NASA's Dawn spacecraft, and scientists hope to figure out what it is after the probe arrives at the dwarf planet later this week.

The bright-spot mystery is just one question Dawn will tackle after it enters orbit around Ceres at about 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) on Friday (March 6). About six weeks thereafter, the probe will begin the first detailed investigation of Ceres — indeed, of any dwarf planet.

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