Ceres mystery deepens: Anomalous spots on dwarf planet randomly brighten and fade during the day Posted on Mar 17th, 2016
The mystery about Ceres and its enigmatic bright lights on the surface has just gotten even more bizarre as scientists have spotted that the mysterious bright lights on Ceres brighten and fade randomly during the day.
What is going on at dwarf planet Ceres? Just when researchers believed they had figured it all out, new observations have shown that the enigmatic bright spots present on the surface of the dwarf planet brighten and fade during the day in random, following bizarre patterns that scientists are unable to explain. According to observations made by ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, after studying the enigmatic bright spots that have caused confusion among astronomers ever since their discovery, the team noticed a series of changes which occur as Ceres rotates. The spots appear to brighten during the day and showed other variations that have caused confusion among astronomers. The first explanation presented by scientists is that the material present on the surface of the dwarf planet causes the anomalous spots to evaporate in sunlight. This theory however, has not been widely accepted.
While trying to explain the mysterious bright spots on Ceres, scientists have come up with a wide range of explanations suggesting these could be caused by salt deposits, ice and well… even flashes of light made by aliens. The enigmatic spots are located within the crater referred to by scientists as Occator. But now, the infamous spots have become even more bizarre as researchers claim the bright spots brighten and fade during the day and do so in curious random patterns, something that has caused even greater confusion among researchers who desperately try to explain the set of curiosities present on Ceres, the largest celestial body located in the asteroid belt in between Mars and Jupiter. The enigmatic dwarf planet has approximately 950 kilometers in diameter and is the largest of the minor planets located directly within the orbit of Neptune. Despite the fact that Ceres is relatively isolated, researchers believe the dwarf planet is internally active. The dwarf planet is also rich in water, even though astronomers cannot conclude whether or not water is directly or indirectly related to the enigmatic bright spots.
Lead author Paolo Molaro, at the observatory, said: ‘As soon as the Dawn spacecraft revealed the mysterious bright spots on the surface of Ceres, I immediately thought of the possible measurable effects from Earth. Ufologists around the globe have speculated –ever since the discovery of the bright spots on Ceres– that the anomalies most definitely resemble some sort of alien base, pointing towards images comparing how a city on Earth looks like from space, and how the mysterious spots on Ceres look.
Ummm… Is that an Alien city on Ceres? The Dawn spacecraft will continue to study the dwarf planet and its mysterious bright spots. The truth is that no one has been able to accurately explain what the mysterious lights are, what causes them, and why they are not present anywhere else, but as we can see from new studies, the more researchers investigate about the bright lights, the more mysterious they seem to get. Let us know what you think!