Saturday, February 28, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Spots Two Mysterious Lights Coming From Surface Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

One light may have seemed like a coincidence, but two? NASA's Dawn spacecraft has spotted two lights as it passes the dwarf planet Ceres, reports, raising questions about what exactly is there. Not long after it revealed one strange, reflective spot on the surface of Ceres, then another dimmer light came into view, NASA images have revealed. It has prompted speculation that the planet might be watching us and we watch it.
The Dawn spacecraft was launched in 2007 to study the planets of the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. Theories for the shining lights include everything from mineral deposits to a frozen lake, but the truth is no one has the answer just yet.
"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," said Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission. The two images were taken some 29,000 miles from the surface of Ceres. Dawn will continue its approach towards Ceres until March 6 where it will enter orbit around the planet.