Feb 262015


Bright Spot on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion


Note the two bright “specks” within a single crater. Almost certainly the extremely bright appearance of the specks is due to the overall dim nature of the surroundings… something doesn’t need to be too terribly bright to look *blindingly* bright compared to dark surroundings. I’d bet a nickle that we’re seeing ice at the bottom of the crater.

 Posted by at 11:33 am
  • Red Eagle

    I think everything is about to change.

    • Scottlowther

      Everything is *always* about to change.

      • Red Eagle

        I got a feeling about this one. It don’t look “natural”, y’know? We ain’t seen nothing like this before.

        • Scottlowther

          We’ve never seen ice before? Actually, I’m pretty sure we have.

          It’s a bright spot on a dark background. It’s not unusual for the bright spot to be blown out when the camera is trying to get the best view of the dark.

          • Red Eagle

            We will see. But you want me to be right.

        • mzungu

          these space rocks got surface albedo similar to black asphalt, the pic u r seeing is overexposed to show details. In reality, If anyone is actually up close in person over there, it’ll be like looking at black asphalt in the middle of the night…. no one can see a thing with the naked eye. That so-called “bright” spot, in actuality is just grey/dull/dirty ice speck on dark asphalt.

          If alien want to leave something here, asteroid is like the worst place to put it. they get fling out all over the place by lager bodies… and their orbit are located so off the planetary plane, it takes so just as much as delta-v to change plane to get there as needed to launch the craft from earth to LEO.

          • Red Eagle

            Ceres has been in a stable orbit for billions of years.

          • mzungu

            Not quite true… certainly not billions.

            ” Even if space missions will allow very precise measurements of the positions of Ceres and Vesta, their motion will be unpredictable over 400 kyr”…quote from their study. also says collusion between them are quite frequent.


  • DJF

    That’s no moon. It’s a space station!!!!!!

  • kbob42

    We should have sent an Orion there. That way we could get samples.

  • mzungu

    TMA-3, and 4.

  • B-Sabre

    “This was the last image before all contact was lost with the space probe….”

  • Knigh26

    I need more pictures from different angles before I can make any kind of accurate guess. My going hypothesis, water or something metallic or possibly crystaline catching the like just right.

  • Shadowline

    Guys…. those are the headlights of a 1955 Cadillac containing Elvis’s mummified body… jeezzz

  • Michael the Somewhat Civilized

    The bright one is the power indicator LED, and the left one is the (intermittent) drive-access indicator LED

  • higgins2k

    You know what this means? It means the British will invade by sea!