NASA scientists have discovered a mysterious source of light coming from a planet located between Mars and Jupiter.
The space agency’s Dawn spacecraft sent the photos back from the dwarf planet Ceres, which show what appear to be two tiny bright areas sitting inside of a basin. But scientists are stumped as to what the spots could actually be.
“Ceres’ bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently in the same basin. This may be pointing to a volcano-like origin of the spots, but we will have to wait for better resolution before we can make such geologic interpretations,” Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission, said in a statement.
There’s also another theory that the brightest spots on the planet could be explained as sunlight reflecting off of ice patches. But personally, we think it’s just E.T. messing with us:
NASA researchers certainly don’t seem to think so, unfortunately. But Dawn is scheduled to move in closer to Ceres around March 6, which should lead to some much-needed answers (the current image above was taken from a distance of 46,000 kilometres, which helps explain some of the mystery).