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.
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.
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.
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.
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.