Bright Lights on Dwarf Planet Ceres

The Mystery of Bright Lights on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Bright Lights on Dwarf Planet Ceres, pictured by NASA’s Dawn space probe. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between Mars and Jupiter. The diameter of dwarf planet Ceres is about 950 kilometers. Images taken nearly 46,000 kilometres from Ceres show that a bright spot on the planet, which scientists discovered previously, appears next to another slightly darker spot, NASA said in a news release. Scientists expect to receive better views of the mystery lights as the spacecraft closes in and spirals nearer the dwarf planet Ceres on March 6. The Dawn probe was Launched in 2007 to investigate the two largest bodies in the asteroid belt, giant asteroid Vesta (diameter is about 525 kilometer) and Ceres. Scientists detected water vapour emitting from Ceres in 2012 and NASA reports the surface of the body contains water bearing minerals.
Source: NASA