The Dawn probe took these stunning images from a distance of 4,500 miles and they are the most detailed images ever taken of the tiny planetoid.
It announced the release of the image with the following tweet.
The “mysterious bright spots” on Ceres have totally bewildered scientists, who have only tentative explanations about their origin.
“Dawn scientists can now conclude that the intense brightness of these spots is due to the reflection of sunlight by highly reflective material on the surface, possibly ice,” said Christopher Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dawn will get even closer to Ceres on June 6, closing in at a distance of 2,700 miles in a bid to discover whether it is volcanically active.
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