Strange Light Baffles Scientists: Dwarf Planet Ceres!

My guess is that it is a reflection…but how cool if it was something else?

Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

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Two strange reflective patches spotted on Ceres.
Image: NASA, JPL
A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.As bizarre as that sentence sounds, that’s the situation with Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, officially designated as a dwarf planet (the same category as Pluto).

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is approaching Ceres ahead of a March 6 rendezvous. The picture above was taken February 19, from a distance of just under 29,000 miles, and shows two very shiny areas on the same basin on Ceres’ surface.

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  • peterseanesq

    Rats!

    You beat me to this post.