Light skin: The skin of the lightest planet

New Scientist article “I think that’s a pretty big leap, to have that kind of a surface,” says David H. Schleifer, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who was not involved in the research.

“The planet will probably be quite dark, but it’s definitely not dark.”

This image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows the inner edge of an object called Pallas Crater, a small crater in the constellation of Sagittarius A*.

Image credit: NASA/ESA/A.S.M./H.P.S., via G.P., et al./NASA.

This article was updated on March 12 to correct an error in the title.