NASA reveals the most detailed views yet of Ceres' bizarre bright spots http://ift.tt/1S4H8b7 NASAs Dawn spacecraft is finally giving scientists on Earth a truly close up view of the dwarf planet Ceres distinctive bright spots and they remain stubbornly mysterious. A new photo showing the most distinctive of the reflective patches in the dwarf planets Occator crater reveals a dome covered with the bright material which might be salt according to research published last year. SEE ALSO…
The dwarf planet Ceres, the largest asteroid in the solar system, is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been exploring Ceres since 2015. http://www.space.com/24368-dwarf-planet-ceres-photos-largest-asteroid.html?utm_source=notification
NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday.
Ceres as seen from the Earth-based Hubble Space Telescope in 2004 (left) and with the Dawn spacecraft in 2014 as it approached the dwarf planet. Hubble Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), P. Thomas (Cornell University), L. McFadden (University of Maryland, College Park), and M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI). Dawn Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA. Photo Combination: Elizabeth Howell