Is the Dwarf Planet Ceres Actually an Ocean World?
According to new studies published in the journal Nature, Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, may hold massive amounts of sea water underneath its crusty surface, making it an unlikely ocean world.
A team of researchers found evidence of an “extensive reservoir” of brine beneath the surface of the 20-million-year-old Occator crater on Ceres using high definition images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.
Ceres is the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system. It’s only 590 miles across and takes 1,682 Earth days (4.6 years) to orbit the Sun. It has a very thin atmosphere of water vapor from ice volcanoes.
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