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xx NASA says mystery--Ceres's 4 mile pyramid glows
« Thread started on: Aug 26th, 2015, 11:37am »

NASA says this glowing pyramid is a real mystery.

Just the pyramid itself is a real mystery.

http://www.cnet.com/news/the-4-mile-tall-pyramid-mountain-on-dwarf-planet-ceres-also-glows/
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 26th, 2015, 9:01pm »

Hi Folks -

I noticed it glowed in the 1st image of it given to the public back in June [I think]. If you auto-correct the lighting on the image it shines very brightly and is clearly different than most of the layout.

I still do not think the bright spots are salt deposits because they have released a picture of the major bright spots on the dark side [or when the bright spots were opposite the sunlight] and they were still as bright as ever. They seemed to be self illuminating.

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 23rd, 2015, 6:34pm »

Here's am update. It sure is starting to look like it's water.

http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2015/09/18/mysterious-white-spots-on-ceres-come-into-sharper-focus/
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 24th, 2015, 7:52pm »

Hi Strik3r -

How can water/ice reflect light when it is on the dark side, when there is no sun light to reflect? undecided
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 24th, 2015, 8:33pm »

Perhaps,light from reflections of minor orbiting moons too miniscule to be seen with said satellite.
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 25th, 2015, 07:45am »

I wonder if some kind of internal heat source might provide internal lumination?
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 25th, 2015, 8:51pm »

Hi Folks -

jm57 - That is a good suggestion, it would all depend on the position[s] I suppose.

Strik3r - That was my first guess.

Either suggestion is possible, I just don't know which one, or perhaps another, is true. I have not heard a comment by NASA about any possibilities as to why the bright spots seen on the dark side [or at the time the bright spots are on the dark side] are still illuminated! Do you folks find that as curious as I do?
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 26th, 2015, 07:29am »

Absolutely!

I also find it interesting that Enceladas supposedly has a similar composition (frozen crust, subsurface ocean of some type).

Updating my post with a link to info about Enceladus (I need to learn to spell that correctly... lol):

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-enceladus-global-ocean-water-cassini-nasa-20150916-story.html
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 27th, 2015, 9:49pm »

Hi Strik3r -

That is very interesting indeed. The core must contain heat, or the water under 22 miles of ice would surely freeze. Perhaps gravity of the moon's planet?

On Ceres; let us say for a moment that an alien race out side of our solar system came in to explore, would it not make sense to find a base of operations the further out we go? The further out to us, is closer in [from the out side] to them. smiley
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 27th, 2015, 10:22pm »

That is a possibility,
The H2O would be a source of energy with the tech they should have.
But,is that the ONLY tech they 'may' have?
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 28th, 2015, 5:23pm »

I'm not really sure if these types of moons or planetoids would be particularly suitable to the kind of alien life I think you have in mind. IMHO an advanced (capable of space travel) alien civilization would seek someplace that is easy for them to access and provides materials they may need. I have no idea if either Ceres or Enceladus is such a place.

What is do know is that Enceladus is one of Saturns moons and it is believed that the gravitational pull of Saturn drives a "flexing" or squeezing that heats Enceladus.

Ceres orbits the sun somewhere in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. It does not have such gravitational forces acting on it. Because of this, I suspect something is going on inside Ceres.

I think it more likely that these places have "hatched" (for lack of a better word) life forms of their own.
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 7th, 2015, 1:17pm »

So now they think its salt. Hopefully we'll know for sure real soon.

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« Reply #12 on: Oct 8th, 2015, 11:31pm »

Hi Folks -

I think you folks are probably right; if there is natural life on these moons and 'dwarf' planets of topic, then it is likely very different than what is here on earth, as far as humans are concerned, but I was thinking more of life that had formed out side of our solar system. Ceres just seems like a good hiding spot on the way in to the inner planets.

Perhaps this is no ordinary salt? A salty substance that can glow in the dark, maybe? undecided
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 29th, 2015, 10:14am »

I am very anxious for the latest photos. These are OK, but I'm looking forward to close-ups of the glowing crater and big mountain.

Also, I didn't realize Dawn would stay parked in orbit once the mission is complete.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/29/after_eight_years_nasas_dawn_probe_brings_dwarf_planet_ceres_into_closest_focus/
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 13th, 2016, 2:59pm »

a little better still.....


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/01/13/stunning-new-photos-of-the-dwarf-planet-ceres-released-by-nasa/
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