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Long story short: The Dawn spacecraft has been surveying Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest body in the asteroid belt. One of the early discoveries of Dawn was a patch of very bright spots on the surface of the dwarf planet. So far scientists are looking at the possibilities of it being ice or a salt bed, but the reality is we still don't know what the heck they are ( :idea: EM sheilds for nonbreathers, maybe? )

Now there's another mystery. Apparently there's an enormous pyramid structure on the planet(!). Here are some links:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/outth ... -on-ceres/
http://www.technobuffalo.com/2015/06/30 ... net-ceres/
http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/0 ... -ignorance

Also, we are days away from the first actual visual close up picture of Pluto from New Horizons. It will be broadcast live on NASA TV on July 14th.

http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/7/1/8 ... w-horizons

Exciting stuff!!!!!


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Here's a more subdued take on the whole thing, but well worth the read:

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-bl ... ology.html

Basically, the reflective spots are probably minerals, and the peaks are most likely from massive impacts where the molten rock cooled while it was "sloshing."

I have always interpreted "close proximity" as a nearby star system, but it's still fun to speculate! :)


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