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Those bright spots on micro planet Ceres most likely salt pans

Those bright spots on micro planet Ceres most likely salt pans

It’s been causing speculation since space probe Dawn began closing in on micro-planet Ceres early this year, but those dazzling bright spots on its surface now seem to be made of salt or ammonia rich clay.

Ceres bright spots are … even more mysterious closer up

Ceres bright spots are … even more mysterious closer up

Those bright spots on micro-planet (or macro-asteroid) Ceres are not giving up their secrets easily. The latest image release from NASA’s Dawn mission is the closest view yet of the crater floor that houses them, and ‘everything’ has just become more complicated as a result.

Two micro-planets and a comet continue to surprise scientists

Two micro-planets and a comet continue to surprise scientists

Pluto hasn’t been the only source of startling new discoveries in space this week, but it has delivered the the biggest surprises.

Ceres the micro planet gets stranger as probe closes in

Ceres the micro planet gets stranger as probe closes in

That pyramid shaped protrusion from the side of micro planet Ceres has now been seen from another closer angle, and … it is as strange and unexplained as ever.

Lunatic alert, NASA spots giant pyramid like form on Ceres

Lunatic alert, NASA spots giant pyramid like form on Ceres

The NASA space probe Dawn has imaged a gigantic pyramid like feature rising perhaps as much as 4-8 kilometres above the surface of minor planet Ceres.  And no, it’s not an alien civilisation, but a lunatic magnet.

Dawn catches up with mini planet’s strange bright spots

Dawn catches up with mini planet’s strange bright spots

The bright spots seen on dwarf planet Ceres have come back into view from the Dawn spacecraft but remain as mysterious as ever.

Ceres, dwarf planet of mystery, comes into sharper view

Ceres, dwarf planet of mystery, comes into sharper view

Those moments when a spacecraft turns a faint and distant point of light in the night sky into a newly seen world are among the most sublime that astronomy can offer.