NASA Dawn spacecraft approaches dwarf planet Ceres, sees 'bright spots'

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified


    Astonishing stuff.

  2. edwinchester

    edwinchester Well-Known Member

    When does an asteroid become a planet? :confused:
  3. Fruitloop

    Fruitloop communism will win

    Hotly debated topic. It has to be at least large enough to be spherical under the pressure of its own gravity.
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  4. Bassism

    Bassism Follow the yellow brick road

    looks a bit like my face at the mo :(
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  5. golightly

    golightly I've been gentrified. - :(

    Also, it needs to have cleared the neighbourhood around it's orbit to be a planet. If it hasn't done that it is viewed as a dwarf planet. The next body that Dawn visits is Ceres which, I believe, meets the criteria for a dwarf planet.
  6. editor

    editor hiraethified


    Mind blowing!

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  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

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  8. Bernie Gunther

    Bernie Gunther Fundamentalist Druid

  9. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    I'm hoping its some old tech the last people to pass through this system left here. We can then reverse engineer the gubbins and build an FTL drive
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  10. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    It's just someone with a really powerful laser pointer.
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  11. coley

    coley Well-Known Member

    Target acquired :D
  12. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Mr Spock dies and bright lights are spotted on Ceres....


  13. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Lane markers to the nearest wormhole blates.
  14. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    space cats eyes
  15. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    or is it the astronomical equivalent of red-eye? turn flash off, try again
  16. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    pls check timeline of thread.
  17. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Death ray!!! :eek:
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  18. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Please check recent news of second bright light on Ceres released on 25/02/15..

    And after you've done that please go check your sense of humour.

    And once you've done that please stop folowing me around these boards.
  19. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    just in time for the new Stargate movie as well :cool:
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  20. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    so your little joke that after leonard nimoy dies these lights appear when they appear before he dies.

    jokes which don't work aren't amusing.
  21. Bob_the_lost

    Bob_the_lost Elsewhere

    My bet is some huge geological phenomenon that caused it to be a giant reflective surface. Possibly some form of silica?
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  22. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Mar 2, 2015
  23. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

  24. King Biscuit Time

    King Biscuit Time Well-Known Member

    There are a couple of these in the bottom of that crater.

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  25. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

  26. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Still think they're spocklights ... :D
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

  28. Idris2002

    Idris2002 The Man From G.R.A.S.S.Y. K.N.O.L.L.

    "Oh my god, it's full of stars".

    Or more likely not.
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  29. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    worst case scenario is its facehugger eggs and I'll be a hundred years dead before the first manned expedition gets there and gets facehugged
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  30. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    slaver statis box fo sho

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