A New Mystery Surrounds Ceres’ Bright Spots

A New Mystery Surrounds Ceres’ Bright Spots
It's only fair to share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on TumblrShare on Reddit

Cosmos Magazine

The more we find out about the bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres, the more mysterious they become. Scientists now say the spots vary in intensity according to the time of day as well as changing as Ceres rotates, as in the artists’ impression based on detailed maps, above.  Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, but is still only 950 kilometres in diameter. We have been receiving unprecedented, high resolution images of it thanks to NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, currently orbiting the dwarf. But the latest observations came, not from Dawn, but from Earth thanks to the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS, spectrograph at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) 3.6-metre …

Click here to read more…

Share this post