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    12 hours to go for orbit around Ceres. We will have a chance to better see these spots. My bet is on an extended tower of ice over a geological hot spot. Instrumentation on the Dawn spacecraft should help confirm what it exactly is. It has been a long wait since it left Vesta.

    http://www.space.com/28716-dwarf-pla...n-science.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by majicbar View Post
    12 hours to go for orbit around Ceres. We will have a chance to better see these spots. My bet is on an extended tower of ice over a geological hot spot. Instrumentation on the Dawn spacecraft should help confirm what it exactly is. It has been a long wait since it left Vesta.

    http://www.space.com/28716-dwarf-pla...n-science.html
    Success, in orbit of dwarf planet Ceres.

    http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/march.../#.VPnT2Y738yi

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    This article has a spinning Ceres
    http://mashable.com/2015/03/02/ceres-lights-gif/

    The lights look more than shinny salt deposits to me.
    But no doubt find out soon enough

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    For the latest on this Dawn has her own website, hope she shows us some more pictures soon

    http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longeyes View Post
    For the latest on this Dawn has her own website, hope she shows us some more pictures soon

    http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov
    JPL has really gotten tight in releasing images. Part of the problem is that as it works down toward Ceres from high orbit to the initial science orbit they want to be careful not to contaminate camera lenses. But you think they could easily show at least one revolution of Ceres as it proceeds.

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    New image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 16, 2015, from a distance of 4,500 miles.

    See the link...

    http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/dawn/ceres-b...oser-than-ever

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    A new view of Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 23, shows finer detail is becoming visible on the dwarf planet. The spacecraft snapped the image at a distance of 3,200 miles (5,100 kilometers) with a resolution of 1,600 feet (480 meters) per pixel. The image is part of a sequence taken for navigational purposes.

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4605



    Quote Originally Posted by epo333 View Post
    Based on that gif annimation, those lights in the crater do not look like refected light from the sun. Looks more like they maintain the same brightness well into the "Dark Side".

    Very interesting to say the least!!!

    I'm still skeptical of ice or salt deposits on the surface there. What ever it is I think it has it own illumination.

    After transmitting these images to Earth on May 23, Dawn resumed ion-thrusting toward its second mapping orbit. On June 3, Dawn will enter this orbit and spend the rest of the month observing Ceres from 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) above the surface. Each orbit during this time will be about three days, allowing the spacecraft to conduct an intensive study of Ceres.

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    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4619

    JUNE 10, 2015.... New images of dwarf planet Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, show the cratered surface of this mysterious world in sharper detail than ever before. These are among the first snapshots from Dawn's second mapping orbit, which is 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) above Ceres.

    The region with the brightest spots is in a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) across. The spots consist of many individual bright points of differing sizes, with a central cluster. So far, scientists have found no obvious explanation for their observed locations or brightness levels.

    Read more in link above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by majicbar View Post
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4619

    JUNE 10, 2015.... New images of dwarf planet Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, show the cratered surface of this mysterious world in sharper detail than ever before. These are among the first snapshots from Dawn's second mapping orbit, which is 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) above Ceres.

    The region with the brightest spots is in a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) across. The spots consist of many individual bright points of differing sizes, with a central cluster. So far, scientists have found no obvious explanation for their observed locations or brightness levels.

    Read more in link above.
    Kind of reminds me of some scenes in this video but on a smaller, more localized scale. A colony under some sort of bio dome maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by majicbar View Post
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4619

    JUNE 10, 2015.... New images of dwarf planet Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, show the cratered surface of this mysterious world in sharper detail than ever before. These are among the first snapshots from Dawn's second mapping orbit, which is 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) above Ceres.

    The region with the brightest spots is in a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) across. The spots consist of many individual bright points of differing sizes, with a central cluster. So far, scientists have found no obvious explanation for their observed locations or brightness levels.

    Read more in link above.
    Seems they are still stumped there must be a load more photos of those lights by now.

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