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      April 13, 2015Space

      The Mystery of Ceres's Bright Spots Grows

      New data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft suggest varied origins for tantalizing gleams on the dwarf planet's surface
      Dawn Spacecraft Sees Spots as It Approaches Mysterious Ceres [Slide Show]

      HUBBLE’S PORTRAIT

      Taken in 2004 by the Hubble Space Telescope, this enhanced color image was the best picture available of Ceres before Dawn’s approach to the dwarf planet. Blurry hints of Ceres’s mysterious bright spots are visible...
      Dawn Spacecraft Sees Spots as It Approaches Mysterious Ceres [Slide Show]

      MAPPING CERES

      This flat map of Ceres's surface was produced from a mosaic of Dawn images taken from an altitude of 46,000 kilometers on February 19, 2015.
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