Images of Ceres, a planetary-mass object found between Mars and Jupiter, have shown mysterious lights on its surface. Scientists are speculating as to their origin.
Lights on Ceres
Mysterious lights have been observed on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres. What could be the source of the bright lights? Perhaps, they are but indications of the presence of alien life out there?
Made of ice and rock, Ceres lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Images of the dwarf planet taken by the NASA Dawn spacecraft revealed a peculiar sight: a series of small lights clustered together on its ground.
The pictures were shot at the beginning of this month, when the spacecraft was orbiting at 13,600 kilometers from the minor planet.
Scientists can only speculate for now.
The main investigator of Dawn mission, Christopher Russell, explained that “the intense brightness of these spots is due to the reflection of sunlight by highly reflective material on the surface, possibly ice“.
Dawn has just completed its very first mapping orbit whereby it did one 15-day full circle around Ceres, thus making new observations.