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Bright spots on Ceres revealed in high detail


Posted on Sunday, 8 July, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

The bright spots are salt deposits. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/Jason Major
New photographs have emerged showing the distinctive bright spots on Ceres in unprecedented detail.
During its approach of the dwarf planet back in 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured images showing what appeared to be unusually bright features on Ceres' surface.

The phenomenon was the subject of much debate and speculation until it was finally revealed that the bright patches were actually areas of exposed salt situated within asteroid impact craters.

Fast-forward three years and now the Dawn spacecraft, which is on its lowest orbit around Ceres, has returned a new set of images showing these salt-laden craters in more detail than ever before.

The above image shows Cerealia Facula - the largest deposit in the center of Occator Crater.

"Acquiring these spectacular pictures has been one of the greatest challenges in Dawn's extraordinary extraterrestrial expedition, and the results are better than we had ever hoped," said the mission's chief engineer and project manager Marc Rayman.

"Dawn is like a master artist, adding rich details to the otherworldly beauty in its intimate portrait of Ceres."

Source: EarthSky.org | Comments (6)

Tags: Ceres

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney on 2 July, 2018, 23:13
The fact that Ceres might have had seas is amazing.....Sodium carbonate..who would of guessed? 
Comment icon #2 Posted by David Thomson on 8 July, 2018, 18:17
The photo seems to suggest that the salt is being produced inside the asteroid in a large volume and is being pushed up through the surface. What process creates salt inside an asteroid?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ozfactor on 9 July, 2018, 9:22
Would it be the same salt as salt of the earth ?   
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 9 July, 2018, 15:23
Salt being a fairly generic term, it's anyone's guess if the only info we have are pictures, as great as they are.  I would think it's a high probability, though, to be good old NaCl..
Comment icon #5 Posted by UFOwatcher on 9 July, 2018, 17:10
Hmmm. Wonder if that
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 17 July, 2018, 11:28
  Fortunately we don't have to guess what those salts are as we don't only have the pictures, from the NASA article I linked to:   Not NaCl, also from the NASA article:  


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