When I was in 4th grade, I had a bit of a crush on a girl named Dawn,so I like the name.
The Dawn I’m writing about now is a spacecraft,and it’s getting closer every day to a rendezvous with Ceres. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt and technically a dwarf planet. It’s the reason Pluto got demoted. It was either that or allow Ceres, and two or three other bodies, to be called planets. I guess the scientists figured that schoolkids needed a break and it would be easier to memorize 8 planets than 9, certainly rather than 11.
This is the first time a spacecraft will have a close up view of Ceres, in fact it’s now as close as we’ve ever been so every day between now and March 6th will give us a better and brighter view.
The trippy thing is, the thing that makes this expedition suddenly gossipworthy, is that there are two bright lights shining from the planets surface.
Of course, it will probably turn out to be nothing. The face on Mars, which was in all the anthologies of weird, unexplained phenomenon, wound up just looking like any other rock once we got a closer view. Ditto the canals of Mars. So, no life on Mars, we know that now.
But, counting moons, asteroids, comets, and assorted debris, there are still a whole lot of heavenly bodies we have not explored in this Solar System, and that’s all we’re going to be exploring for quite a while yet, because everything else is way too far away.
So, up until they figure out that it’s a patch of ice, or some reflective mineral, I’m assuming that E.T. is down there, trying to contact us.
Because that’s definitely the most interesting possibility.