Scientists remain perplexed by Ceres' two bright spots

February 26, 2015 4:22 AM

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Scientists remain perplexed by Ceres' two bright spots

Now, newly released images -- captured by NASA's Dawn probe -- show the bright spot is actually two round splotches of reflected light, side-by-side, one slightly brighter than the other. The two eye-like headlights seem to be shining out from the pit of one of Ceres' craters.

"Ceres' bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently in the same basin," explained Chris Russell, principal investigator for NASA's Dawn mission, based at UCLA.

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