In a strange turn of evens surrounding NASA’s Dawn space probe approaching Ceres, several new photos are captured showing a second light shinning on Ceres from deep space.
The latest images, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000km) from Ceres, reveal that a bright ‘alien’ spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area. (See Video Below)
While NASA has not provided an explanation, scientists suggest these spots may be frozen pools of ice at the bottom of a crater that reflect light.
Dawn is a space probe launched by NASA in 2007 to study the two most-massive protoplanets of the asteroid belt: Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Currently en route to Ceres, it is expected to enter orbit around the dwarf planet on March 6, 2015, and has been taking increasingly high-resolution extended images of Ceres since December 1, 2014.
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Dawn was the first spacecraft to visit Vesta, entering orbit on July 16, 2011, and successfully completing its 14-month Vesta survey mission in late 2012. Should its entire mission succeed, it will also be the first spacecraft to visit Ceres and to orbit two separate extraterrestrial bodies.
The mission is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with major components contributed by European partners from the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. It is the first NASA exploratory mission to use ion propulsion to enter orbits; previous multi-target missions using conventional drives, such as the Voyager program, were restricted to flybys.
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People online and on social media are speculating outside of the pool of ice theory on what the lights could be. Possibly a secret alien base, or an alien probe.
Watch the video below to see Ceres Animated.