Internet conspiracy theorists are convinced alien life is out there – and they reckon it’s located on the dwarf planet of Ceres . Are alien colonies living on Ceres?
Located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres has become famous for the mysterious bright spots that are visible on its surface.
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft snapped pictures of the bizarre lights and recent studies appear to suggest they ‘blink’ at intervals of about nine hours.
These fluctuations were observed in a spectrograph taken by the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) at the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.
Shining from the gloom: NASA’s latest pics of Ceres
Unsurprisingly, plenty of UFO hunters and space watchers see this as potential evidence of alien life.
“This is alien life on another planet, they’re showing us they exist,” explained one YouTube video entitled Dramatic Proof of Life on Ceres . The video has so far clocked up over 29,000 views.
- Dark side of the moon reveals incredible secret showing new detail about history of space
“Some UFO enthusiasts speculate that it is a signal. It could be a warning signal, a radar tower, or a greeting signal,” writes the space blog Latest UFO Sightings .
“Some members of the UFO community think that alien colonists created the bright spots on the dwarf planet.”
As the blog goes on to say, scientists themselves have a theory – if not a definitive answer – on what causes the bright spots on Ceres to fluctuate.
- Amazing new NASA pictures show Ceres ‘alien’ bright spots in incredible detail
It explains that activity beneath the surface of Ceres is bursting through and plumes of material are reflecting the sunlight when the dwarf planet is facing our star.
An alternative idea, presented in a pair of studies in the respected science journal Nature , suggests the weird glow is caused by light reflecting off salty ice.
“The global nature of Ceres’ bright spots suggests that this world has a subsurface layer that contains briny water-ice,” said Andreas Nathues at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany.
The brightest and most visible light is emanating from a 60-mile-wide crater called Occator, although there are about 130 other glowing holes in the surface of Ceres.
The Live Event you are trying to watch is either unavailable or has not started
Please refresh this page in your browser to reload this live event video
Other theories suggest Ceres was actually formed way out in the furthest reaches of the solar system before gradually moving to its current place in the asteroid belt, colliding with other objects on the way.
We can’t know for sure but in the meantime, both scientists and conspiracy theorists are continuing to examine this fascinating member of our solar system.
Poll loading …