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Post by Rogue on Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:03 am

NASA Probe Gives Close-Up Look At Dwarf Planet Ceres, But What Are Those Weird White Spots?
The Huffington Post |  By Jacqueline Howard
Posted: 02/06/2015 5:53 pm EST

Scientists have been puzzling over a set of weird white spots on Ceres ever since 2004, when the spots showed up in images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, io9.com reported. Now NASA's Dawn space probe, which is drawing ever closer to the dwarf planet, has obtained the best images yet of the spots--and still no one can explain them.

"We are at a phase in the mission where the curtain is slowly being pulled back on the nature of the [dwarf planet's] surface," Dr. Chris Russell, planetary scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and principal investigator for the $466-million mission, told NBC News. "But the surface is different from that of other planets, and at this stage the increasing resolution presents more mysteries rather than answers them."



A view of Ceres taken by Dawn on Feb. 4, when the NASA spacecraft was about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) away from the dwarf planet. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

With a diameter of 590 miles (950 kilometers), Ceres is the largest object in the solar system's main asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Signs of water were detected on Ceres just last year, and some astronomers think the white spots may be ice at the bottoms of subsurface ice that's been pushed up from below.

Scientists hope the Dawn mission will help us understand how Ceres and other large celestial objects formed.

Dawn is expected to arrive at Ceres on March 6, 2015.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/06/white-spots-ceres-dwarf-planet_n_6632444.html
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Re: Planet Ceres

Post by Lenzabi on Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:59 pm

Dwarf planet is more apt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28dwarf_planet%29

Very small indeed.

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Re: Planet Ceres

Post by Kaere on Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:21 pm

Fascinating stuff Very Happy
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Re: Planet Ceres

Post by Lenzabi on Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:18 pm

Wiki has a diagram that reminds me of a Ferrero Roche

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Re: Planet Ceres

Post by Lenzabi on Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:20 pm

Here we go, a Ferrero Roche


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Re: Planet Ceres

Post by Rockhopper on Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:12 pm

A white M&M perhaps Len?

Perhaps the white spots are Celestial measles?

Good find Roggie!

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Re: Planet Ceres

Post by Agartha on Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:25 am

LOL  Len, you and chocolates! lol

Great find indeed, Rogue...... what if those white spots are a source of heat under what we think is a thick layer of ice?

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