American space agency NASA has done a lot of things that are unique. But, we are talking about NASA’s decision to invite common people to vote and say what Ceres’ white spots are. First-of-its-kind, and we surely know that it’s a very special gesture by the space agency.
A few months back we saw the agency’s Dawn spacecraft making headlines after introducing the people on Earth to some mysterious white-colored bright spots on Ceres’ surface. For those who don’t know: Ceres is a dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars; it is the biggest object of the mentioned asteroid belt.
Although Dawn managed to locate those spots, it couldn’t provide much information about their identity; this is probably because at that time it was still far away from the dwarf planet.
This means, common people still don’t know what actually those white and bright spots are. While some are saying, they are ice volcanoes, others believe they are gaseous objects; there are also some who are saying that those spots are structures made of liquid.
However, the Dawn spacecraft has already reached Ceres and thus we might soon see the space agency unlocking the mystery surrounding the much talked about bright spots of the dwarf planet. Right now, NASA is busy collecting data and snapping different kind of photographs on Ceres. Those data and photos will help NASA scientists to find the actual identity of the bright spots.
However, NASA is not interested only in the opinion of the scientists; it also wants to know what common people think about the identity of those spots. The agency has opened a poll and asked people to choose one from six options. They are salt deposit, ice, rock, geyser, volcano and other (for individuals who will not pick any of the first five options).
We should get more information about the bright spots by early May as that’s the time when the Dawn will move into Ceres’ lower orbit for getting a closer view of the spots and the overall surface of the planet.