Ceres’ Bright Spots Seem to take New Dimensions everytime Dawn Prepares to Take more pictures

Even with the high quality images of the unusual bright lights on the dwarf planet Ceres,  NASA is still unable to identify precisely what they are. They look like magma from inside a volcanic crater.

Sci-news said that the latest images were shot on May 16 from a distance of 4, 500 miles or 7,200 kilometer using a resolution of  of 700 m per pixel . The distance will  be maintained  at 2,700 miles or 4,400 kilometers from the dwarf planet until June 30 and then the probe will be moved to lower orbits .

Researchers believe that a substance situated on the lower part of a large crater which reflects back  sunshine appear to glow when seen at a distance. Yet it is still unclear what exactly the material  is made of and why it is only found in a particular surface crater of planet Ceres.

“Dawn scientists can now conclude that the intense brightness of these spots is due to the reflection of sunlight by highly reflective material on the surface, possibly ice,” stated Christopher Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission from the University of California, Los Angeles.

An ion propulsion system is used by Dawn for its second mapping orbit at Ceres and is assumed to reach it on June 6. The spacecraft is able to enter and leave orbit of different celestial bodies with the presence of thd ion propulsion system

Science Times said that the Voyager program before have used conventional crafts that only enabled them to pass by and observe at a far distance. Since the 2007 launching  of awn, NASA was able to visit the giant protoplanet Vesta, entered its orbit and got out from it again.  .

It is  situated  104 million miles or 168 million km away from Ceres . The space probe is now going to venture for a wider orbit , yet the next orbits will then see the spacecraft drawing nearer to the dwarf planet’s surface in the hope of finding a conclusive answer to the strange lights on the planet.

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Source: http://en.yibada.com/articles/34340/20150523/still-no-answer-from-the-clearest-images-of-ceres-and-its-strange-bright-spots.htm



  1. Bob Hershgeer says

    If it were a reflective surface, think of this. The sun hits it at a certain angle, it would reflect the light to the space craft. However when the space craft moves off that angle there would be no such reflection. Hence the source has to be internal, such as a volcanic lake ( unlikely) or the like. What it is I do not know, but Ice is out, metal is out. It has to be a self generating source of light, such as a light bulb would be if electricity were applied to light it. Think about that for a second. Now the last time you were driving a car down the street, remember that reflective blast of light you got in the face from the windshield of that van coming at you. It was there only when the angle was just right. As you two moved it disappeared and did not return. That is what I am talking about.

    • says

      Not necessarily so.

      Depending on the lattice facets of the material one can have multiple angles of reflection and therefore not limited to a single angle of incidence-reflection.

  2. R. Sam Viera says

    Scientist (the government) keep looking for any other explanation except what is apparently obvious. The lights are artificial, as in electric lighting. Scientist (the government) does not want the public to know that there is alien life in our own solar system. They will keep our heads in the sand in a effort to preserve our belief that God has created life on this earth only. They (the government) cannot risk losing the religious belief that has shaped the the human condition here on earth.

  3. says

    The future is here. The light source is a city of light or dome city. Alien ships use it as a weigh station prior to leaving our system. Never fear ET is near

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