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Bright Spots in Ceres' Second Mapping Orbit

Strange Bright Spots on Ceres Create Mini-Atmosphere on Dwarf Planet

Feast your eyes on an intriguing crater with bright material on its walls.  This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel, was taken on August 21, 2015.

Feast your eyes on an intriguing crater with bright material on its walls. This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel, was taken on August 21, 2015.

The mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists announced, which narrows down the possible causes of the spots. You can submit your guess for what the spots might be in a poll on the Dawn mission website.

The strange bright white spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are seen in this best view yet from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which captured this image on May

Interesting squarish crater on Ceres with more bright stuff.

Interesting squarish crater on Ceres with more bright stuff.

Fresh material is exposed in a rayed crater on Ceres. Taken on June 6 from 2,700 miles (4,400 km), it has a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDAA rayed crater on Ceres with a great deal of fresh material (ice?) exposed by impact. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Fresh material is exposed in a rayed crater on Taken on June 2015 from miles km), it has a resolution of feet meters) per pixel

Dawn captured this view of Ceres on May 7 from a distance of 8,400 miles, or 13,600 kilometers. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Filmato NASA: pianeta nano Cerere in un video impressionante

Bright sided crater on Ceres

Bright sided crater on Ceres

This artist concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft above dwarf planet Ceres, as seen in images from the mission.

Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

Dawn began spiraling down to its third Ceres science orbit on June 30 but experienced a problem almost immediately and went into a protective "safe mode." The mission team has now determined what happened and cleared Dawn to return to work.

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NASA spies 'pyramid,' more bright spots on Ceres Dwarf planet Ceres gets weirder as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer. Check out the latest shots from the cosmic paparazzi.

Nei giorni scorsi la sonda spaziale Dawn della NASA si è avvicinata al pianeta nano Cerere e ha scattato varie fotografie ravvicinate della sua superficie. Leggi i dettagli nell'articolo!

Ceres' surface, showing intriguing cratering patterns. Now I can't wait to see high-rez pictures of those mysterious white spots. (photo released by NASA)

New Ceres image with more bright stuff and odd pingo-like mound.

New Ceres image with more bright stuff and odd pingo-like mound.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers).

The Lonely Mountain

August 25 2015 : The Lonely Mountain NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles kilometers).

Sonda americana entra na órbita de planeta-anão

Sen's mission is to explore space and gather data for multi-planetary life and make space universally accessible through space television

Anomalously bright areas on the dwarf planet Ceres have the highest concentration of sodium carbonate ever seen outside our planet, says a new study published in the journal Nature. Ceres’ bright spots are seen up close in this image from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. The probe took this image on March 26, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about 240 miles (385 km) above the surface. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA.

LAMO Image 113 The iconic bright spots of Occator Crater are seen up close in this image of Ceres. This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveals a central dome with linear features on and around it.

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