Is White Spot On Ceres Really Ice?

January 25, 2015 4:16 AM

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NASA‘s Dawn Spacecraft has been closing in on the dwarf planet Ceres, and beginning on January 13th it started sending back identifiable photos of the planet. Even though the probe is still really far away from the planet, it still brings us the highest resolution photos that we have seen to date of the planet. The quality of the photographs will only continue to improve as the it gets even closer to its orbit around Ceres. The resolution is nowhere near good enough to make any type of determination of what may be on the surface, but there was a bright white dot that left a lot of people asking questions on Monday.

Photos of Ceres have shown a white dot that rotates with the planet. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft hopes to gather enough details to substantiate what might make up this mass. (Image from Wikipedia)

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