That spooky white spot on Ceres? Now there's two of them

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We're almost there! On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft should get pulled into a cozy orbit with Ceres, the dwarf planet that reigns as king of our solar system's asteroid belt. As always, the images released by NASA are the best, clearest pictures of Ceres yet. This new batch was taken from about 29,000 miles away, so we're really starting to see the topography of the 590-mile-wide planet. But there's still no word on what that mysterious white spot is. In fact, the mystery has multiplied: Now there are two of them. In previous images, that crater the bright specks are located in seemed like one very defined, very round white speck. Now we can see that the spots -- which are so reflective that they've been showing up despite their tiny size -- are actually multiple reflective objects nestled in the same basin. More via The Washington Post.

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