NASA releases jaw-dropping images of Ceres bright spots

March 23, 2016 4:36 PM

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NASA releases jaw-dropping images of Ceres bright spots

NASA's Dawn mission has gotten the most detailed images of the Occator Crater on Ceres, given scientists their best view yet of the dwarf planet’s bright spots.

Measuring 57 miles across and 2.5 miles deep, the crater was known to contain the brightest area on Ceres. The latest images, taken from 240 miles above the surface of Ceres, reveal a dome – with fractures crisscrossing the top and flanks - in a smooth-walled pit in the bright center of the crater.

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