New maps of Ceres show the dwarf planet's mysterious bright spots and huge, pyramid-shaped mountain in a new light.
Throwing open the doors to the hallowed halls of science, stumped researchers welcomed help from the public Wednesday in solving a number of nagging mysteries about dwarf planet Ceres.
These new images are the clearest yet and reveal that in some places the rim of the odd crater is nearly vertical, rising about 1 mile from the floor.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the only dwarf planet news right now is on Pluto, but Pluto isn't the only small world with interesting stuff going on.
From its orbital perch 2,700 miles above Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft returned new images of the dwarf planet showing more even more small bright spots inside a 55-mile crater.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is beginning to get up-close and personal with dwarf planet Ceres, as this latest image shows.
This is the closest view of dwarf planet Ceres' cratered surface captured to date -- it's also the most detailed view yet of those mysterious bright dots.
In an effort to further engage Dawn mission fans and to have some fun along the way, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has created a public poll asking what WE think those enigmatic blobs are.
+ Load More