NASA's Close-Up Images of Ceres Reveal Multiple Mysterious White Spots

Friday, 06 February 2015 - 11:21AM
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Friday, 06 February 2015 - 11:21AM
NASA's Close-Up Images of Ceres Reveal Multiple Mysterious White Spots

The strange white spot on dwarf planet Ceres has been a subject of inquiry for a long time now, but as it turns out, the enigma is actually just one of many. A new animation made from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on February 4 reveal the well-known mysterious white spot, as well as several others:

 

Ceres

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA]

 

The animation doesn't really shed light on what these white spots might be, especially since it looks inverted from different angles. At certain points it looks like a depression, while at other angles it looks like a mountain:

 

Ceres

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA]

 

Ceres

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA]

 

Ceres

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA]

 

Ceres

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA]

 

Ceres

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA]

 

And here's another animation from NASA, which shows all of the enigmatic white spots in further images from February 4.

 

Ceres

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA]

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