Bright Spots Galore and a Mystery Mountain: Ceres Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

The more┬áNASA’s Dawn spacecraft observes of the dwarf planet Ceres the weirder it seems to get. Closer investigations of the “bright spots” first seen in Hubble images in 2003 and then in Dawn images upon approach during┬áthe first few months of 2015 show an ever-increasing cluster of smaller bright areas (eight at last count) and…

Space Mountain

Colombia’s Pico de Cristobal Colon rises into the sky in this beautiful photo taken on July 9 by Ron Garan, a NASA astronaut and Expedition 27 flight engineer aboard the International Space Station. Pico de Cristobal Colon (Spanish for “Christopher Columbus’ Peak) is the highest mountain in Colombia and the fifth most prominent in the…