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Yukmay
2009-Feb-14, 03:36 AM
Wiki lists the nature of this bright spot on Ceres as uncertain. Any ideas as to what it could be?

Some background from the wiki page: This photo was taken around 2003-2004 by the Hubble Space Telescope. The resolution is about 30km.

I can't wait for Dawn to get there...

antoniseb
2009-Feb-14, 04:03 AM
Wiki lists the nature of this bright spot on Ceres as uncertain. Any ideas as to what it could be?...

My first guess is "fresh" ice revealed by "recent" impact craters. By fresh and recent, I'm thinking perhaps less than 2 billion years old. Ceres is (after all) located IN an asteroid belt.

EDG
2009-Feb-14, 10:21 AM
My bet is that Ceres is going to look very similar to Ganymede.

Fiery Phoenix
2009-Feb-14, 03:59 PM
My first guess is "fresh" ice revealed by "recent" impact craters. By fresh and recent, I'm thinking perhaps less than 2 billion years old. Ceres is (after all) located IN an asteroid belt.

Same here.

korjik
2009-Feb-16, 12:09 AM
Alien mining station. Obviously :)