Pictures have been captured of the bright lights on the dwarf planet called Ceres, which is located in our solar systems asteroid belt.
A NASA spacecraft called Dawn snapped best ever pictures of the mysterious bright spots.
“The bright spots in this configuration make Ceres unique from anything we’ve seen before in the solar system. The science team is working to understand their source,” Dawn principal investigator Chris Russell of UCLA said in a statement. “Reflection from ice is the leading candidate in my mind, but the team continues to consider alternate possibilities, such as salt.”
The new photos resolve the bright spots on Ceres into numerous points of varying sizes. The brightest ones lie within a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) wide.
While on a second mapping of the orbit Dawn captured these images , but now Dawn will get even closer to the planet and close enough to take measurements !
A trip being scheduled on 28th June will see Dawn go down to an orbit with an altitude of 900 miles (1,450 km), reaching its destination in early August, giving us closer views and multiple view angles.
The cost to study Ceres and Vesta, the two largest objects in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is $473 million
Dawn orbited Vesta from July 2011 through September 2012, when it departed for Ceres. The spacecraft arrived at Ceres this past March, in the process becoming the first probe ever to circle two objects beyond the Earth-moon system, as well as the first to orbit a dwarf planet.
Dawn is scheduled to continue studying Ceres through June 2016. The probe will make its final observations of the dwarf planet from an extremely close-in orbit, eyeing Ceres from just 230 miles (375 km) away.