Ceres is the largest astronomical body present in the asteroid belt. Past February NASA probe Dawn photographed the planetoid containing two bright spots in the center. Since then scientist have formed several theories regarding the origin and identification of the spots.
Theories suggest that these spots might have resulted from the sun light reflecting from the surface of the planet, while other scientist believe that the spots might be large areas covered in ice. Despite several different theories scientists have still been unable to understand the concrete reason behind the mysterious spots.
But the latest photographs by the Dawn show that the entire surface of the planet is covered with such bright spots. Scientists believe that spots may have been formed due to the large comets strike that the planet has to suffer due to its gravitational pull and size.
NASA’s probe Dawn would be able to take better photographs when it reached within 2600 miles of the planet in the June.
NASA has been carrying out researches on several planets using the probes to unravel the mysteries of the space, recently scientists were able to closely study the surface and gravitational pull of the planet Mercury. While in another project Human 2 Mars NASA is seeking to carry out the first human mission to the red planet.
These researches and collection of data would enable the scientists around the world to understand the formation of the universe and the how these planets were formed.