Ceres bright spot mystery: NASA baffled by Dawn spacecraft images (VIDEO).

Two Shining Spots on a Dwarf Planet Between Jupiter and Mars Are Baffling NASA (Video)

Two Shining Spots on a Dwarf Planet Between Jupiter and Mars Are Baffling NASA (Video)

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April 19 2015 1:52 PM

Ceres’ Spots

The mystery of strange images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.

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After studying the giant asteroid Vesta in 2011 and 2012, NASA spacecraft Dawn has begun orbiting Ceres, located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This week, NASA researchers unveiled a new color map of the object’s surface, deepening a mystery that began with earlier Hubble images.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.