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Ceres' Mysterious White Spots Probably Aren't Aliens But That Hasn't Stopped The Public From Hoping

12/05/2015 11:54 BST | Updated 12/05/2015 11:59 BST

New pictures of the dwarf planet Ceres have revealed its mysterious white spots in even greater detail. The glowing spots have been baffling both astronomers and scientists who are hoping to get a closer look in the coming months.

Located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has started its approach to the dwarf planet and on 9 May will reach its lowest orbit in the hopes of finally solving the mystery of Ceres' white spots.

Dawn was the first spacecraft to notice the spots and ever since there has been little to no explanation. NASA's current public vote extends to Volcanoes, Geysers, Salt Deposits, Ice and Other.

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While 'Other' could quite literally mean anything, the fact that over 37 per cent of the public has chosen it suggests that perhaps we're all hoping it's something altogether more sentient.

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As Dawn gets closer it'll carry on taking high-resolution images so stay tuned and we'll be sure to bring you the latest high-resolution images as they come in.