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« on: Mon 2 March, 2015 - 08:01 pm »




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Scientists are perplexed by a pair of strange lights on the surface of Ceres–a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft photographed Ceres on February 19 from a distance of approximately 29,000 miles. Although regions of higher-than-average reflectiveness have been seen on Ceres before, these new photos from Dawn show two bright spots within the same basin on the dwarf planet’s surface.

“The brightest spot continues to be too small to resolve with our camera, but despite its size it is brighter than anything else on Ceres. This is truly unexpected and still a mystery to us,” said Andreas Nathues, lead investigator for the framing camera team at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany, in a recent NASA press release.
Although scientists are puzzled by these mystery lights, they aren’t without possible explanations. As Mashable describes, “The most obvious contender is ice, although ice would reflect more than 40% of all light hitting it. The difference may be accounted for by the resolution limit of Dawn’s camera at this distance. Scientists have previously detected water vapor coming from the surface of the dwarf planet, making ice — a more likely option.”
But Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission, believes, “This may be pointing to a volcano-like origin of the spots, but we will have to wait for better resolution before we can make such geologic interpretations.”

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will enter orbit around Ceres on March 6, and will continue collecting better photos of the dwarf planet and its mysteries during the next 16 months. With better photos, scientists will hopefully be able to better determine if the strange bright spots on Ceres are signs of an extraterrestrial civilization, or if they indeed have a volcanic origin.
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« Reply #1 on: Mon 2 March, 2015 - 10:03 pm »

hot pixels?

cosmic rays?

has the light been seen on more than one occasion??
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« Reply #2 on: Mon 2 March, 2015 - 10:11 pm »

They're flying towards it, the brighter light was detected then as they got closer the dimmer light to the side became visible
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« Reply #3 on: Mon 2 March, 2015 - 10:12 pm »

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One of the lights was spotted from quite far away—83,000 kilometers—and the second from 46,000 kilometers from the planet, according to Ars Technica. Until the spacecraft can zoom in further and produce better images, the source of the lights will likely be unclear.
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« Reply #4 on: Mon 2 March, 2015 - 10:17 pm »

i'm not saying it's aliens, but.......
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NASA has confirmed that its Dawn spacecraft entered the orbit of the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday morning, making history twice over. The spacecraft isn't just the first object to visit a dwarf planet (and one of the last truly unexplored bodies in the solar system). Dawn is also the first spacecraft to orbit two different alien bodies during its mission.

The scientists are also (understandably) excited about those bright spots, the two shining reflective patches that have shown up in the middle of one of Ceres's craters.

"I don't think it's possible to look at those without thinking of shining beacons calling out to us as travelers on the cosmic seas," Rayman said.

Unfortunately, we're not going to hear anything much for over a month. Dawn is going to be on the dark side of the planet for a while, so it won't be taking the increasingly-clear photos of Ceres to which we've become so accustomed. It takes its next set of photos on April 10 and will start its first intensive science observations on April 23.

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« Reply #7 on: Sun 8 March, 2015 - 11:02 am »

the orbit they have put it in will be stable for at least 100 years.
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« Reply #8 on: Tue 10 March, 2015 - 07:24 am »

 

Aliens.   
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« Reply #9 on: Tue 10 March, 2015 - 09:46 am »

Alien rave party 
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« Reply #10 on: Tue 10 March, 2015 - 11:23 am »

Raelian rave party.... UFO
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« Reply #11 on: Tue 10 March, 2015 - 05:04 pm »



it still shines as it goes into the shadow! eek
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« Reply #12 on: Thu 12 March, 2015 - 10:09 am »

Aliens!!!     
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« Reply #13 on: Thu 12 March, 2015 - 06:40 pm »

thats the death ray warming up  eek
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« Reply #14 on: Thu 25 June, 2015 - 11:31 am »

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Scientists believe a highly reflective substance — ice or salt are leading contenders — is responsible for the spots, but they are still considering other options (a thriving alien metropolis is probably not one of them). Thankfully, Dawn is equipped with an infrared mapping spectrometer that can identify minerals based on the way they reflect light. As scientists get more images and data from Dawn, they’ll certainly learn more about the composition of those spots.


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If you thought Ceres’ spots were weird, wait until you see its mystifying ‘pyramid.’

Indeed, Ceres has intrigued NASA scientists and worked fringe UFO bloggers into a frenzy since the Dawn spacecraft arrived for a close-up of the dwarf planet in March. Upon arrival, Dawn imaged a cluster of bright spots in a crater; now, a pyramid towering over a flat landscape serves as the latest addition to Ceres’ scrapbook of oddities.


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« Reply #15 on: Thu 25 June, 2015 - 09:38 pm »

Curiouser and curiouser
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« Reply #16 on: Thu 25 June, 2015 - 09:44 pm »

it's a space ship  eek




please let it be a space ship    please please please
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« Reply #17 on: Thu 25 June, 2015 - 11:04 pm »

it's a space ship  eek




please let it be a space ship    please please please

    
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