New pictures captured by the Dawn telescope show that planet Ceres could hold alien life, NASA confirms in a press release published on Friday afternoon. The space craft has managed to get as close as possible to the surface of the dwarf planet, so scientists could get a better view of the unusual phenomena going on on the celestial body.
Ceres is one of the most studied planets at present because it has a strange behavior. Dawn is the space gear that NASA is currently using to study the surface of Ceres. The mission presupposes that Dawn will get as close as possible to the celestial body and will take pictures to enable scientists to better study its evolution.
Dawn’s mission began on March 6 and researchers within the administration have informed the press that the spaceship will spend approximately one year in the vicinity of the dwarf planet. So far, Dawn has managed to get to a 2,700-mile distance from Ceres – this is the closest that NASA has ever got to a celestial body.
Experts have, nevertheless, informed science lovers that Dawn will get even closer to Ceres in the following period. The gear has been purposefully created to resist all conditions, so astronomers expect the mission to go according to the plan.
Based on the images that have been captured so far, NASA believes the dwarf planet Ceres could hold alien life. The rumors have been confirmed by the recent material that the administration has managed to withdraw during Dawn’s mission.
More specifically, the surface of the celestial body is sometimes covered by small bright lights which suggest that there is something unusual going on on the planet. While further studies have to be still carried out in order for scientists to really understand what causes the bright spots, experts have, yet, managed to put some hypotheses forward.
In their opinion, the bright light that appears at times on the surface of the planet may be caused by water areas being reflected in the light of the sun. Another possible explanation is that the core of the dwarf planet Ceres is very warm. This causes the water on the surface of the planet to heat up, thus making it more visible in the sun light.
Ceres is one of the smallest planets in the solar system. Previous studies have shown that the planet is one third the size of the moon. It is located rather far away from the Sun, but scientists believe it receives enough heat to become extremely warm.
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