Tour Weird Ceres: Bright Spots and a Pyramid-Shaped Mountain

Tour Weird Ceres: Bright Spots and a Pyramid-Shaped Mountain

Silent. Marc Rayman: This is dwarf planet Ceres, a mysterious world of rock and ice. How can you not be mesmerized by those glowing spots? We’ll see those again in a moment along with some other amazing sights on this fascinating, alien world revealed by the Dawn spacecraft now in orbit there. And get your 3-D glasses ready! Here we’re taking a little tour around a 60-mile diameter crater named Occator, a Roman agricultural deity. It’s two miles deep, and you can see these intriguing bright regions. They reflect a great more sunlight than the rest of the surface material, but scientists haven’t yet determined what it is about their composition or structure that’s responsible. There are a number of different ideas about what they are, but to discover their real nature we need to get more data from lower altitudes. Eventually, however, as we learn more about them they may provide insights into the geology of this complex dwarf planet. This mountain is among the tallest features on Ceres, a cone that juts 4 miles high from an otherwise unremarkable area. It isn’t in a crater or even obviously associated with one. So what forces shaped it? And why does it have this varying appearance: dark on one side and now we’re coming around to the other side and we can see these bright streaks running down one side. What does this structure tell us about how this world works? This is another of the captivating mysteries about Ceres. Now put on your 3-D glasses and have another look at the first dwarf planet ever discovered. Dawn’s going to be getting still better views as it orbits closer and closer and uses its camera and other sophisticated sensors to reveal the secrets Ceres has held since the dawn of the solar system. Silent.

76 thoughts on “Tour Weird Ceres: Bright Spots and a Pyramid-Shaped Mountain

  1. just accedently watched the video in x1.25 speed and didnt even notice.
    they did even sound better when there was a little speed to their speech 馃檪

  2. Una maravillosa animaci贸n de Ceres, el planeta enano que reci茅n empieza a ser explorado y develadas las intrigantes y extra帽as formaciones geol贸gicas que contiene, gracias a la Misi贸n y el trabajo de los especialistas encargados de la sonda Dawn!

  3. I think on bodies like these one has to consider that not all asteroids will be traveling fast enough to cause a crater, but may just bump up to the body leaving a mountain. I hereby designate those as onJovial protrusions.

  4. Pyramid mountain looks as if it bounced in place after denting surface of Ceres. 聽It's almost a 3D puzzle piece.

  5. So so impressive. Well made video. Informative passionate commentary. Amazing mission – ion drive is slow but spectacular! 鈥︹岽溕⑹溾.銉

  6. Look at all the craters. Why are all of them round? Looks like the impacts are from directly over head. How can that happen? Glow spots are Birkeland currants bridging from the central peak to the outer spots? Is this electrical machining at work?

  7. Why does NASA always post these 3D glasses images when there's like 5 people in all of he US will 3D glasses?

  8. Seriously, scientists must think outside the box on these craters. 聽Impact craters do not explain what we see here. 聽These craters appear to have been carved by enormous electrical arcing. 聽

    If impact craters are the only explanation then please do the math on the odds that every single crater would hit at a perfect 90 degree angle. 聽Why are there no side swiping craters? Um no! This would be beyond comprehension to imagine every crater coming from impacts at perfect 90 degree angles. 聽

    The electrical arcing explanation makes more sense. 聽Electrical arcing phenomena reproduced in a laboratory hits at 90 degree angles every single time.

  9. This is becoming the biggest joke ever! Now they're (NASA) showing us 3-D what looks like computer animations instead of photographs of the light now that they are closer than they have ever been! But then, you have NASA employees using the excuse that they didn't have the money to put a quality camera on the Dawn Spacecraft! Ha ha! Really?! You're spending millions of dollars and you're worried about the cost of a quality camera?! Anybody who buys into NASA being an upright and honest agency is in complete denial.

    BTW, reflections don't maintain a consistency of brightness while heading into the dark, jack asses!

  10. Is that the sophisticated 4 megapixel camera or the 2 megapixel camera. Tut tut he didn't say oh well its all CGI anyway.

  11. it looks like an old impacted nipple from a very large impact聽聽it must be very old聽 with the impact creator's to either side being of different ages eroded by solar material presume it rotates聽 there dose not appear to be much temperature difference erosion NASA so melodramatic lol ooo arrrr

  12. I for one can't wait for the closer, higher-resolution images from Dawn. Currently, these "best" models of Ceres still look like CGI from the 90s.

  13. lie, this fooling everyone with this grotesque animation …
    Why don't you show the pictures to more than 1 month.
    Why don't you show pictures instead of this animation badly made

  14. So when are we going to explore Saturn's Moon IAPETUS more in depth? And yes my Grandfather did work at JPL back in the 1950's and early 1960's. His name was George Olen Davis. But seriously is there a mission set yet to explore that moon too?

  15. Neat rendering of the images. I'm definitely looking forward to the higher resolution pics we'll get come November.

  16. Ceres is not a planet, it's a million year old spaceship that has been collecting space dust through all that time. It's still functional and can travel from earth to Mars in just three days.

  17. Anyone else noticed that just below the equator is a band of land that is NOT so covered in craters? It looks like the planet was cut in half (or, 3/5ths) and stuck back together. Like Miranda around Uranus.

  18. There looks to be buildings where the light is in these images , i have made a video called Nasa Reveals Ceres City

  19. I wonder why they didn't equip the craft orbiting it with the same powerful camera that the Pluto craft has…..probably would already have extreme close-ups of the spots,etc…otoh, NASA may already know what the lights are , and are just debating how to 'present' it to the public…

  20. why is dark and bright? easy… there is a little crater right beside… it was all covered of dust bot been blown up by an impact right beside so… a side as been uncovered by the blast of the impact… no need to be scientis at the聽NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to figure that one lol ;P

  21. About the pyramid shaped mountain. Right next to it lies a hole, or crater. Maybe the mountain was formed by this impact. Imagine a projectile hitting Ceres, drilling a crater in the ground and pushing up that mountain right next to it. Maybe the mountain is made of loose material.

  22. I can hardly wait to find out, for sure, what those spots are made of! Most likely some ice, but perhaps some other minerals and such. Maybe Gypsum? What about the cone shape? Maybe a former 'crater peak'? I don't know; I'm no geologist. 馃檪

  23. This is my theory… What if Ceres has a liquid ocean or lake underneath its crust. Its an impact crater, therefor, if it penetrated the crust, the liquid would have frozen through the holes that the impact created. As for the brightness, I'v noticed that the brightness maintains even when the sun is not reflecting upon it. Suggesting that the light source comes from underneath the holes.
    As for the source of the light, it could be underwater volcano's as an example.
    Like I said its just a theory, what do you think?

  24. + then the Klondike Gold Rush became of those path finders buds in serving life threw heaven
    = one carrot stick @ a time , if that is all we may muster for the " Time Being " !
    [email protected] for further clues as too what on my dog's Earth could I be nattering about this time ? ! ? in jest (:

  25. I'd guess a metallic inclusion from some previous collision, or eroded and exposed by some collisions. Probably a really pure grade ore if it's reflecting like that.

    Now if only we had some way to go about mining and processing material like that, we could build stuff in microgravity that would easily dwarf the existing ISS space station and provide more options in terms of future space travel.

  26. As someone who has completed a shameful number of jigsaw puzzles over time, my first thought was that these bright spots look like they would fit back into the surrounding landscape. The first image [0:33] appears to me like shattered pieces thrown a distance from the central bright region like something bubbled through and "popped." The second mountain image [1:38] looks like it could be flipped back over and twisted just a hair to fit entirely into the depression of the surrounding crater. So very curious indeed!

  27. NASA it's been months since Dawn has been orbiting Ceres from 240 miles and NOT ONE PHOTO OF OCCATOR CRATER OR THE MOUNTAIN HAS BEEN RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. Please no more cartoons or animations……where are the closeup unaltered photos?

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