Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bright Spots Observed on Ceres

Ceres is the largest body in the asteroid belt and the only object classed as a dwarf
planet in the asteroid belt.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been in orbit around Ceres for more than a year mapping its surface in great detail. One of the biggest surprises has been the discovery of very bright spots, which reflect far more light than their much darker surroundings.

The most prominent of these spots lie inside the crater Occator and suggest that Ceres may be a much more active world than most of its asteroid neighbors. 

For more information, click to  Daily Galaxy article


Dave Tackett said...

Just wish we could get a definitive answer as to it the bright spots are ice, salt, or something else (talcum powder for a bad case of asteroids?)

I know - bad pun worthy of prison time.

Beam Me Up said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh huhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Now that was good because it was so very very bad!

But really, given that it has generated this much interest already, odds on that there may be a future mission?