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That Giant Bright Spot On Dwarf Planet Ceres Just Got Even Cooler

Ceres’s bright spots have been an enticing mystery ever since NASA’s Dawn spacecraft began approaching the dwarf planet in the autumn of 2015. Now, research from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) suggests the brightest of those shiny splotches — located within the enormous Occator crater in…

Those Bright Spots On Ceres Are Weirder Than We Imagined

After months of rampant speculation, scientists announced late last year that the bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres are giant deposits of salt. Case closed, right? Not exactly. We’ve since gotten a better look at the spots, and the craters they reside in, and Ceres is shaping up to be…