New images of Dawn’s double bright spot

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The double spot on Ceres

Cool image time! Dawn has released a new animation made from images taken in early May, showing more details of the dwarf planet’s double bright spot.

As they note at the link, the double spot is now “revealed to be composed of many smaller spots.” As they also add, “Their exact nature remains unknown.”

Dawn’s engineers are now beginning to ease the spacecraft down to its survey orbit, about 2,700 miles above the surface.

One comment

  • Cotour

    When I first saw this bright spot several weeks ago I just assumed that it was a reflection of the sun off of ice in a crater, but when you watch the animation you can clearly see that it is not just a momentary angular reflection, it shines throughout the entire rotation.

    Very interesting.

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