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Closest image of Ceres' "Bright Spot" yet

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posted on Sep, 10 2015 @ 01:49 PM
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This is quite fascinating. The complexity of the famous Bright Spit turned out to be quite surprising, and this latest image can give us a slightly bigger clue as to what it actually is - or is not. For instance we can clearly see that it is no boulder. Neither is it an alien flying saucer, as many have suggested (I hope with humour).

Though the amount of possibilities regarding the nature of this Bright Spot has been culled down, we are still not clear as to what it is exactly we are looking at in the picture.

According to the source,


The brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres gleam with mystery in new views delivered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These closest-yet views of Occator crater, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel, give scientists a deeper perspective on these very unusual features.




This is getting quite interesting indeed.


edit on 10-9-2015 by swanne because: embed strategy change, now resolved! Oh, and typo corrections. Typo corrections are cool. Like bow ties.





posted on Sep, 10 2015 @ 01:53 PM
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Clearest pic of ice, frost, frozen volatiles, et al.

Throw in distance from the sun, lo light camera and hi contrast…



posted on Sep, 10 2015 @ 01:54 PM
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a reply to: swanne

Seems like a fairly fresh crater. I'm still leaning toward ice, or some type of salt deposit.



posted on Sep, 10 2015 @ 02:08 PM
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a reply to: swanne

Or, like someones else said. It looks like the marks left on the moon, after the moon landing. Aliens! Not really, who knows?



posted on Sep, 10 2015 @ 02:27 PM
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a reply to: slapjacks

The marks of a spacecraft landing? Well, it certainly would have to be a most large spacecraft.

Just giving you an idea of the scales involved here: the crater is about 57 miles across...




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posted on Sep, 10 2015 @ 02:35 PM
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One can dream... lol



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