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The closer we get to Ceres, the more intriguing the distant dwarf planet becomes. New images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape.

"The surface of Ceres has revealed many interesting and unique features. For example, icy moons in the outer solar system have craters with central pits, but on Ceres central pits in large craters are much more common. These and other features will allow us to understand the inner structure of Ceres that we cannot sense directly," said Carol Raymond, deputy principal investigator for the Dawn mission, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Dawn has been studying the dwarf planet in detail from its second mapping orbit, which is 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) above Ceres. A new view of its intriguing bright spots, located in a crater about 55 miles (90 kilometers) across, shows even more small spots in the crater than were previously visible.

At least eight spots can be seen next to the largest bright area, which scientists think is approximately 6 miles (9 kilometers) wide. A highly reflective material is responsible for these spots -- ice and salt are leading possibilities, but scientists are considering other options, too.

Dawn's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer allows scientists to identify specific minerals present on Ceres by looking at how light is reflected. Each mineral reflects the range of visible and infrared-light wavelengths in a unique way, and this signature helps scientists determine the components of Ceres. So, as the spacecraft continues to send back more images and data, scientists will learn more about the mystery bright spots.

In addition to the bright spots, the latest images also show a mountain with steep slopes protruding from a relatively smooth area of the dwarf planet's surface. The structure rises about 3 miles (5 kilometers) above the surface.

Ceres also has numerous craters of varying sizes, many of which have central peaks. There is ample evidence of past activity on the surface, including flows, landslides and collapsed structures. It seems that Ceres shows more remnants of activity than the protoplanet Vesta, which Dawn studied intensively for 14 months in 2011 and 2012.

Dawn is the first mission to visit a dwarf planet, and the first to orbit two distinct targets in our solar system. It arrived at Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, on March 6, 2015.

Dawn will remain in its current altitude until June 30, continuing to take images and spectra of Ceres in orbits of about three days each. It then will move into its next orbit at an altitude of 900 miles (1,450 kilometers), arriving in early August.

The Daily Galaxy via http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/dawn/world_ceres/

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Comments

Unless all of these mysteries are soon resolved with easy to understand and accept natural explanations, there is going to be a strong motivation to send more instruments and rovers to Ceres....and as soon as possible. That could kick up NASA's budget substantially.

Obviously Lucy in the sky with her Diamonds lives there.

LIGHT OF CITY MY DREAM LOW GRAVITY ALENCE EASY CAMBLING 80 ' HILL TREEK DOWN 90" BUT THEY DONT FELL DOWN THERE ARE HIGH TECNOLGY SUPER 900METERS HIGH STRCATURE BUILDINGS 500 M BACE BRIGHT SPOT SYNTHETIC WATER FOUNTANS FOR THE RAINING VAPUOR GOOD SMILE BUT ANY COMET INSIDANT ALL COLLAPSCE STRACTURE BY AVP

SYNTHETIC WATER FOUNTANS ON SEA WATER FOUNTANS ZONES FOR RAINING SNOWFOLL MACHINE AND SUN LIGHT BRHGHTNESS LIKE BRIGHT SPOTS GOOD SMILE AV P PUNE

Supercalafragulisticexpialodocious...I can speak nonsense too!

Damien - could also be the lights of a Super WalMart advertising for ET to stop in and phone home. :)

The Gift
A long long time ago there was a gift and this gift was considered a miracle. A habitable planet in the region between Mars and Jupiter. This planet, called Ceres, was paradise. with its protective clouds that captured the heat from the dim sun and its long falling falls, its rain and giant oceans. This planet teaming with colorful life that fed on the variety of vegetation which stretch out in the valleys and mountains and plains. There were giant flowers and trees and cities. Yes there were cities where humans resided.

We can now tell that these humans had an unusual psychological characteristic. They had gained a realization of oneness which made them unable to lie, cheat or subdue another living being They were unable to conceptualize the reason for initiating these misdeeds. These types of selfish behavior did not exist in them and so they developed a society which provided equitable wealth to everyone. Some cynic may say they were incapacitated by this type of ignorance.

As far as it can be seen their civilization had existed for at least a million years. Their advance technology allowed them to built hyperluminal spaceships and power systems based on perpetual cold fusion. But in all the scientific advancements there were two inventions which proved fatal to their planet. The first was the introduction of the concept of money and the second was artificial intelligence.

As it came to pass the concept of money gave significance to the arts, and to material possessions. People aspire to own wearable and practical art. This became a symbol of individuality, and as time progress a few individual's material aspirations obscure the realization of oneness. This small group of people wanted material possessions at the expense of human equality. The most direct method of gaining wealth was to control the issuance of money and so they conspired to control money and any relevant information that may hint of their doings. Through legal bureaucracy money became central to the function of society. The ruling elite devised a scheme which indebted the entire population. They took refuge in cities where everyone was subservient to them. A few individuals in the population were partially able to recognize the problem, but the majority of the population, incapacitated by the severe conditioning, could not see what was happening. Generally speaking anyone who spoke against the monetary system and its abuses were ostracized and ignored by the majority. Meanwhile the public were fooled time and time again and even formed a bureaucratic wall to protect the very same people that have abused and captured them.

Decades pass and the planet was now in peril. Pollution and mass extinction became the norm. Most people were unable to acknowledge the problem as they continued with their shores and the duty to raise a family. Life appeared to continue as it always had but the planet was dying. The crystal clear lakes whose bottom provided a medium for shadows were now clouded. The ecosystem that allowed wild life to flourish was dying. Some outside the ruling elite learned to recognize the problem and in particular, a group of scientist.

The scientist discovered artificial intelligence. They built bioplastic machines to utilized artificial intelligence. The primary order of these self aware systems was to protect the planet and its ecosystem. As a result a war started between the machines and the ruling elite. For decades the wars raged on. The machines operated on a single primary order, to save the planet from internal destruction. And they were winning.

The ruling elite fought using the people who served them, but they were no match for the machines. Try as the may the ruling elite could not conditioned the soldiers to destroy. Although the human soldiers understood that they were only neutralizing machines they still were unable to process the competitiveness required to win. Within decades the human population dwindled to a fraction of what it was. The Ruling Elite saw their magnificent wealth being threatened. They did not want to loose the absolute power that they had possessed. They were seeing their way of life destroyed. What more, they did not want to live in par to, what they believe to be, ignorant subhumans. Before they were captured they decided to set a series of doomsday machines and destroy the planet. For this horrific technology, did indeed, existed.

Those that understood the power behind this type of destructive technology vacated the planet in spaceships. From the crystal dome of their spacecrafts they saw the incendiary devices destroy the planet in a matter of seconds. A variety of planetary debris, ranging from pebbles to pieces miles long, pried away from the planet's core. Some of the debris reached the planet Jupiter and were swallowed by the planets great gravitational field. Other pieces hit some of the exiting spacecrafts causing them to explode or become incapacitated Still other pieces hit planet Earth and Venus. Both planets suffered tremendous damage. Much of the life on earth became extinct, and the planet Venus suffered a change in rotation.

The few ships that were intact reached superluminal speed and escape our solar system to far away solar systems and to exoplanets in the Milky Way. But the incapacitated spaceships hobble to planet earth and descended onto the surface. It took an immeasurable amount of time for earth's atmosphere to stabilize. By that time generations have passed.

Many more generations passed before evolutionary processes allowed the new comers to adjust to the conditions of their new home. It was a much warmer planet and the gravity was much weaker. The thin atmosphere made it difficult to breathe and the variety of microscopic organism cause many to die prematurely.

It took another hundred thousand years for humans to become acclimated to planet earth. Some of the technology was saved but their origins became almost myth. Parts of the ancient spacecraft powered the new cities. As the population grew many people left to other parts of the planet.

Many states were formed and became militarized. All human life had one common origin but wars were common. Due to their technology the original city was impenetrable. It survived for centuries then one day:

“Many great and wonderful deeds are recorded of your state in our histories. But one of them exceeds all the rest in greatness and valour. For these histories tell of a mighty power which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia, and to which your city put an end. This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Heracles; the island was larger than Libya and Asia put together, and was the way to other islands, and from these you might pass to the whole of the opposite continent which surrounded the true ocean; for this sea which is within the Straits of Heracles is only a harbour, having a narrow entrance, but that other is a real sea, and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent, and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya within the columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia. This vast power, gathered into one, endeavoured to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region within the straits; and then, Solon, your country shone forth, in the excellence of her virtue and strength, among all mankind. She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill, and was the leader of the Hellenes. And when the rest fell off from her, being compelled to stand alone, after having undergone the very extremity of danger, she defeated and triumphed over the invaders, and preserved from slavery those who were not yet subjugated, and generously liberated all the rest of us who dwell within the pillars. But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the subsidence of the island.”

Many centuries later, one had to wonder if such a place existed as there is no evidence of any superior ancient technology. As modern technology improved one lone probe was sent to examine the dwarf planet between the planet mars and Jupiter, in the asteroid belt. The world's attention now were focus on lights emerging from a crater on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. Could it be the remnants of an ancient city?
...To be continued

The Gift
A long long time ago a gift appeared, and many revered this gift as if it was a miracle. A habitable planet in the region between Mars and Jupiter. This planet, called Ceres, was paradise. with its protective clouds that captured the heat from the dim sun and its long falling falls, its rain and giant oceans. This planet teeming with colorful life that fed on the variety of vegetation which stretch out in the valleys and mountains and plains. There were giant flowers and trees and cities. Yes there were cities where humans resided.

We can now tell that these humans had an unusual psychological characteristic. Many years into their past they had achieved, through mental exercises, an understanding about the natural world before them. It was said that by transcending the human-centric reliance on measurements these people gained a type of material science which relied on the foundation of everything rather than on particular measurements and facts about things. What is more, they had gained a realization of oneness and of causality, which made them unable to lie, cheat or subdue another living being. They had more than a belief that every thought is a cause and its effect were the conditions of the future. Having a sense of the mechanism of cause and effect eventually made them unable to conceptualize the reason for initiating these misdeeds. These types of selfish behavior did not exist in them and so they developed a society which provided equitable wealth to everyone. Some cynic may say they were incapacitated by this type of ignorance.

As far as it can be seen their civilization had existed for well over a million years. Their advanced technology allowed them to built hyperluminal spaceships and power systems based on perpetual cold fusion. But in all the scientific advancements there were two inventions which proved fatal to their planet. The first was the introduction of the concept of money and the second was artificial intelligence.

As it came to pass the concept of money gave significance to the arts, and to material possessions. Their history divided into a dichotomy as a few aspired to own wearable and practical art. This became a symbol of individuality, and as time progress a few individual's material aspirations obscure the realization of oneness. This small group of people wanted material possessions at the expense of human equality. The most direct method of gaining wealth was to control the issuance of money and so they conspired to control money and any relevant information that may hint of their schemes. Through legal bureaucracy money became central to the functions of society. They became rulers and devised a scheme which indebted the entire population. They took refuge in cities where everyone was subservient to them. A few individuals in the population were partially able to recognize the problem, but the majority of the population, incapacitated by the severe conditioning, could not see what was happening. Generally speaking anyone who spoke against the monetary system and its abuses were ostracized and ignored by the majority. Meanwhile the public were fooled time and time again and even formed a bureaucratic wall to protect the very same people that have abused and captured them.

Decades pass and the planet was now in peril. Pollution and mass extinction became the norm. Most people were unable to acknowledge the problem as they continued with their shores and the duty to raise a family. Life appeared to continue as it always had but the planet was dying. The crystal clear lakes whose bottom provided a medium for shadows were now clouded. The ecosystem that allowed wildlife to flourish was dying. Some outside the ruling dynasty learned to recognize the problem and in particular, a group of scientist.

The scientist discovered artificial intelligence. They built bioplastic machines to utilized artificial intelligence. The primary order of these self aware systems was to protect the planet and its ecosystem. As a result a war started between the machines and the ruling dynasty. For decades the wars raged on. The machines operated on a single primary order, to save the planet from internal destruction. And they were winning.

The ruling dynasty fought using the people who served them as foot soldiers, but they were no match for the machines. Try as the may the ruling dynasty could not conditioned the soldiers to destroy. Although the human soldiers understood that they were only neutralizing machines they still were unable to process the competitiveness required to win. Within decades the human population dwindled to a fraction of what it was. The Ruling Dynasty saw their magnificent wealth being threatened. They did not want to loose the absolute power that they had possessed. They were seeing their way of life destroyed. What more, they did not want to live in par to, what they believe to be, ignorant subhumans. Before they were captured they decided to set a series of doomsday machines and destroy the planet. For this horrific technology, did indeed, existed.

Those that understood the power behind this type of destructive technology vacated the planet in spaceships. From the crystal dome of their spacecrafts they saw the incendiary devices destroy the planet in a matter of seconds. A variety of planetary debris, ranging from pebbles to pieces many miles long, pried away from the planet's core. Some of the debris reached the planet Jupiter and were swallowed by the planet's great gravitational field. Other pieces hit some of the exiting spacecrafts causing them to explode or become incapacitated Still other pieces hit planet Earth and Venus. Both planets suffered tremendous damage. Much of the life on earth became extinct, and the planet Venus suffered a change in rotation.

The few ships that were intact reached superluminal speed and escaped our solar system to far away solar systems and to exoplanets in the Milky Way. But the incapacitated spaceships hobble to planet earth and descended onto the surface. It took an immeasurable amount of time for earth's atmosphere to stabilize. By that time generations have passed.

Many more generations passed before evolutionary processes allowed the new comers to adjust to the conditions of their new home. It was a much warmer planet and the gravity was much weaker. The thin atmosphere made it difficult to breathe and the variety of microscopic organism cause many to die prematurely.

It took another hundred thousand years for humans to become acclimated to planet earth. Some of the technology was saved but their origins became almost myth. Parts of the ancient spacecraft powered the new cities. As the population grew many people left to other parts of the planet.

Many states were formed and became militarized. All human life had one common origin but wars were common. Due to their technology the original city was impenetrable. It survived for centuries then one day:

“Many great and wonderful deeds are recorded of your state in our histories. But one of them exceeds all the rest in greatness and valour. For these histories tell of a mighty power which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia, and to which your city put an end. This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Heracles; the island was larger than Libya and Asia put together, and was the way to other islands, and from these you might pass to the whole of the opposite continent which surrounded the true ocean; for this sea which is within the Straits of Heracles is only a harbour, having a narrow entrance, but that other is a real sea, and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent, and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya within the columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia. This vast power, gathered into one, endeavoured to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region within the straits; and then, Solon, your country shone forth, in the excellence of her virtue and strength, among all mankind. She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill, and was the leader of the Hellenes. And when the rest fell off from her, being compelled to stand alone, after having undergone the very extremity of danger, she defeated and triumphed over the invaders, and preserved from slavery those who were not yet subjugated, and generously liberated all the rest of us who dwell within the pillars. But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the subsidence of the island.”

Many centuries later, one had to wonder if such a place existed as there is no evidence of any superior ancient technology. As modern technology improved one lone probe was sent to examine the dwarf planet between the planet mars and Jupiter, in the asteroid belt. The world's attention now were focus on lights emerging from a crater on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. Could this dwarf planet be the remnants of a much larger planet. And what of the lights emerging from the center of one of the craters? Could it be the remnants of an ancient technology?
...To be continued

Day after day we discover wonderful things outside our planet, thanks to NASA

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