Ceres Keeps Her Mystery

NASA Image

NASA Image

NASA has released the most detailed photographs yet of the mysterious spots on the dwarf planet Ceres, and they are … mysterious.

Some years ago (2008) I wrote a science fiction short story which assumed that human development of the asteroid belt would center on Ceres because of its abundant water.

Provocative, aren’t they?

What do you think they are?


3 thoughts on “Ceres Keeps Her Mystery

  1. I have no idea what the spots are. Perhaps some radioactive vegetation?

  2. My guess is that it’s shattered water ice exposed by small meteor impacts. Ceres has a thin crust of dust and rocky material underlain by fifty mile deep frozen ocean of ice. Assuming the surface has a dark grey albedo like our moon, the ice/snow would seem blindingly white in comparison.

    I like the Motel 6 hypothesis: They’ve left the lights on for us. (Leaving us to ponder who “they” are.)

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