With our ever closer looks at Ceres’ surface, we’ve been hoping to get close enough to finally see a bit more about where those two mystery light splotches were coming from. Well, now we have. And, it turns out that we were wrong about one very basic fact: There were not two of them.

There were actually lots and lots.

After taking a look at the surface from 8,400 miles away (the closest look yet), NASA scientists reported back two things: One, that the two bright spots were actually composed of many smaller bright spots, and, two, that their brightness was due to sunlight. Principal investigator Christopher Russell noted:

Dawn scientists can now conclude that the intense brightness of these spots is due to the reflection of sunlight by highly reflective material on the surface, possibly ice.

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Of course, even though we now know how, the question of what it is — ice? space volcanoes? thousands of little Ceres roverbots outfitted in their own tinfoil hats? (NOTE: it is not that last one) — still remains. Until our next closest look, at least.

Image: Ceres in rotation with each pixel signifying .8 miles / NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.