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Closest view yet of Ceres! ..... holy shit, it IS an alien mining operation (Original Post) Baclava May 2015 OP
We'd better bomb the moon again, just to send a message petronius May 2015 #1
No kidding. Up there in the sky, looking down it's nose at us, just asking neverforget May 2015 #3
are you ceres? hfojvt May 2015 #2
Heavens no - Ceres, is the goddess of agriculture and fertility Baclava May 2015 #4
I see you are the walrus hfojvt May 2015 #5
ha ha - yeah I knew you were doing something like that Baclava May 2015 #6
Goddess of the harvest. Laffy Kat May 2015 #7
Be careful what you say about the bright spots pinboy3niner May 2015 #8
It's now a major infraction, as I understand it. Wilms May 2015 #9
Yeah, they can't be more then 3 or 4 years old. kentauros May 2015 #15
By Grabthar's Hammer, what a reference. NuclearDem May 2015 #25
Maybe it's shiny because kentauros May 2015 #49
You're shining me! Eleanors38 May 2015 #43
They're fracking on Ceres? Peace Patriot May 2015 #10
+1000 Thanks for your insights and I'm glad you're still posting here. LongTomH May 2015 #22
What if it's a city? JaneyVee May 2015 #11
Then we attack! pew pew pew! Baclava May 2015 #26
This ought to get the Internet a buzzin' roamer65 May 2015 #12
gotta love this headline - "NASA Releases Best Images Ever of "Alien Lights" on Ceres" Baclava May 2015 #32
I was thinking perhaps a comet. BlueJazz May 2015 #13
NSA Listening Outpost... WillyT May 2015 #14
It could be the exhaust shaft. roamer65 May 2015 #16
The Death Star has problems, though, per their engineers: kentauros May 2015 #52
If there's a monolith in that crater, we should leave it alone.... Sancho May 2015 #17
If NASA calls it swamp gas, we're really in trouble Baclava May 2015 #24
...or an alien "Motel 6". roamer65 May 2015 #18
It's either a glitter bomb, or Binkie The Clown May 2015 #19
I say hair salon shenmue May 2015 #20
Not much smaller than a womp-rat. Codeine May 2015 #21
Win! :) n/t KatyMan May 2015 #42
Just a little mining operation. A HERETIC I AM May 2015 #23
Shoddy cloaking device, probably made in sweatshops on the Sun. Rex May 2015 #27
yeah, well they better stop messing around with our stuff Baclava May 2015 #48
They found my secret base. joshcryer May 2015 #28
you can run, but you can't hide! Baclava May 2015 #33
OH my, that is totally cool n/t Sheepshank May 2015 #38
Even cooler - We're going to Europa! Baclava May 2015 #50
It seems there are several areas with a "brightness." The kicked-up theory seems Eleanors38 May 2015 #44
Elvis concert? Tierra_y_Libertad May 2015 #29
Space Kittehs Warren DeMontague May 2015 #30
Hotblack Desiato and Disaster Area are holding a concert. longship May 2015 #31
Freepers are claiming that Obama made NASA build a safe to hide his birth certificate. Exilednight May 2015 #34
It's an emblem of quality! randome May 2015 #35
It's a Starbucks next to a Starbucks rusty fender May 2015 #36
Ceres: destination of choice for Alzheimer patients. randome May 2015 #37
The corner of West Gray and Shepherd in Houston! Manifestor_of_Light May 2015 #40
It's the end of the Universe! FrodosPet May 2015 #51
The first one is in New York City. Manifestor_of_Light Jun 2015 #53
Shit, the Terrans are about to get cheesed hard. NuclearDem May 2015 #39
Sorry, I'm only familiar with Multipass pinboy3niner May 2015 #41
ha - I threw in a Mass Effect 3 endgame screen pic up above and nobody cared Baclava May 2015 #47
Sheldon's new casino olddots May 2015 #45
Darn. Moonlight will never be the same again. In_The_Wind May 2015 #46
 

Baclava

(12,047 posts)
4. Heavens no - Ceres, is the goddess of agriculture and fertility
Mon May 25, 2015, 07:50 PM
May 2015

I wouldn't want to step on her toes

hfojvt

(37,573 posts)
5. I see you are the walrus
Mon May 25, 2015, 07:55 PM
May 2015

been around a little bit longer than me too.

One of our old lounge jokes was to make fun of some freeper types who said "I'm series!!1!" or some such.

Although, myself, being astronomically minded always went with sirius.

But depending on pronounciation (or spelling) "ceres" might do in a pinch.

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
8. Be careful what you say about the bright spots
Mon May 25, 2015, 08:18 PM
May 2015

I heard on the news that authorities are beginning to treat internet bullying of a miner pretty seriously.

 

Wilms

(26,795 posts)
9. It's now a major infraction, as I understand it.
Mon May 25, 2015, 08:25 PM
May 2015

Perhaps, there is a silver lining to this story.

Peace Patriot

(24,010 posts)
10. They're fracking on Ceres?
Mon May 25, 2015, 08:38 PM
May 2015

It looks like a damned mess to me--colossal, ragged-edged wounds in the, um, earth, like something our frackin frackers would do here.

Scientists are very puzzled. These big bright spots are apparently NOT the same as the fuzzier ones that Hubble caught. i gather that those have "disappeared" and something new has happened. But what? Ice? Yeah, but THAT bright? Ice thrown up from below a dusty surface by a meteor impact or other disturbance? That's a guess. Nobody knows.

Strange. Intriguing.

I've been following the exploration of our Solar System since humans walked on the Moon. What strikes me is the awesome variety of objects and terrains, and the discovery of water almost everywhere--and especially the discoveries of the last couple of decades, so much variety, different kinds of moons everywhere, different kinds of rings. I'm also really blown away by the number of exoplanets in our galaxy--over a thousand detected, and billions estimated! I am so proud that the Nixons and Reagans and Bushes of this world--the visionless, vicious tools of the 0.01%--have been defeated on at least this one matter, space exploration--defeated by the cleverness and determination of NASA and other scientists, and by the heartfelt curiosity of most humans. These retro-fascists hated the space program, and turned all of our resources toward war and greed. Somehow, NASA survived them. Somehow, we are looking at the most incredible era of astronomical discoveries that has ever occurred.

Now we are looking at Ceres, and are once again baffled by what we see--something unexpected, mysterious, exciting, as with each of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn (staggeringly unexpected and improbable objects). Thank you, NASA and NASA supporters!

LongTomH

(8,636 posts)
22. +1000 Thanks for your insights and I'm glad you're still posting here.
Mon May 25, 2015, 10:46 PM
May 2015

Space is one of the few areas where I do find hope for humanity. Our curiosity, our willingness to learn may be our salvation.

roamer65

(36,729 posts)
12. This ought to get the Internet a buzzin'
Mon May 25, 2015, 09:14 PM
May 2015

Probably just ice volcanoes as this small planetoid is quite often close enough to Jupiter's gravitational field to be a bit similar to its moons. Theory has it the asteroid belt did not form into a planet because of Jupiter's immense gravity.
But if it were an alien mining operation that would really be fun. Woo-hoo. A Wild West city in space.

roamer65

(36,729 posts)
16. It could be the exhaust shaft.
Mon May 25, 2015, 09:25 PM
May 2015

Ceres could be a Death Star. For God's sake, don't disturb it. It may think Earth is Alderaan.

 

Baclava

(12,047 posts)
24. If NASA calls it swamp gas, we're really in trouble
Mon May 25, 2015, 10:49 PM
May 2015
Dwarf planet Ceres' bright spots shrink but stay strange on approach

Ceres appears to have a pair of cosmic headlights reflecting the sun. As NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches, they're looking smaller, but no less mysterious.

It's a cosmic mystery unfolding in agonizing slow motion. As NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, a series of weird, reflective bright spots have started to shrink as they resolve into clearer focus, but they haven't become any less odd and inexplicable.

http://www.cnet.com/news/dwarf-planet-ceres-bright-spots-shrink-but-stay-strange-on-approach/

A HERETIC I AM

(24,275 posts)
23. Just a little mining operation.
Mon May 25, 2015, 10:47 PM
May 2015


No worries. Sean Connery is there to sort it out



These green houses are what is making the reflection

 

Rex

(65,616 posts)
27. Shoddy cloaking device, probably made in sweatshops on the Sun.
Mon May 25, 2015, 11:24 PM
May 2015

That's what you get when you buy parts from Andromeda.

 

Baclava

(12,047 posts)
50. Even cooler - We're going to Europa!
Wed May 27, 2015, 07:47 AM
May 2015

NASA Mission to Europa Will Seek Conditions for Life



NASA's Europa spacecraft will use nine scientific instruments to assess the icy, ocean-harboring Jupiter moon's ability to support life, space agency officials announced today (May 26).

The Europa probe — which is scheduled to launch in the early to mid-2020s — will carry supersharp cameras, a heat detector, ice-penetrating radar and a variety of other gear that will shed light on the satellite's surface composition and the nature of its salty subsurface sea, among other things, NASA officials said.

http://www.space.com/29487-nasa-europa-mission-science.html

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So, we will attempt no landings?

 

Eleanors38

(18,318 posts)
44. It seems there are several areas with a "brightness." The kicked-up theory seems
Tue May 26, 2015, 01:07 PM
May 2015

plausible, and would suggest there is a kind of half life to these phenomena; the brightest being the latest. It's possible there are elements or ice in asteroids striking this body which reflect or in someway glow, but then that stuff would show up on other celestial bodies. In either instance, the age of Ceres would seem critical. Maybe there is material in the body that has become old enough to do the equivalent of a local supernova.

longship

(40,416 posts)
31. Hotblack Desiato and Disaster Area are holding a concert.
Tue May 26, 2015, 02:08 AM
May 2015

For those not clued in:
Hotblack Desiato

I recommend that we keep that space probe away from the nuclear weapon powered speaker systems. However, I understand the heavy metal rock fans on the Mars and Jupiter are all cheering.

 

randome

(34,845 posts)
35. It's an emblem of quality!
Tue May 26, 2015, 09:42 AM
May 2015

[hr][font color="blue"][center]Everything is a satellite to some other thing.[/center][/font][hr]
 

randome

(34,845 posts)
37. Ceres: destination of choice for Alzheimer patients.
Tue May 26, 2015, 11:37 AM
May 2015

[hr][font color="blue"][center]Everything is a satellite to some other thing.[/center][/font][hr]

 

Manifestor_of_Light

(21,046 posts)
40. The corner of West Gray and Shepherd in Houston!
Tue May 26, 2015, 12:24 PM
May 2015

The NE corner of West Gray and Shepherd in Houston has a Starbucks.
The SE corner of West Gray and Shepherd in Houston has a Starbucks.

They are both part of the River Oaks Shopping Center which is the oldest strip center with parking in the United States. It's Art Deco.
That makes it worthy of protection by the historical society, in Houston.

 

Manifestor_of_Light

(21,046 posts)
53. The first one is in New York City.
Wed Jun 3, 2015, 12:06 AM
Jun 2015

I recognized the cube sculpture. Don't remember the name of the corner but I remember it.

 

NuclearDem

(16,184 posts)
39. Shit, the Terrans are about to get cheesed hard.
Tue May 26, 2015, 12:08 PM
May 2015

What, not the right crowd for Starcraft multiplayer references?

 

Baclava

(12,047 posts)
47. ha - I threw in a Mass Effect 3 endgame screen pic up above and nobody cared
Wed May 27, 2015, 07:32 AM
May 2015

and there's like, a dozen alien species there

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