Ceres is a dwarf planet that revolves around the sun, positioned in our solar system’s steroid belt. This entire belt, consisting of small rocky, icy objects of irregular shapes, situated between Mars and Jupiter, also orbits the sun. This is the place, from where we mostly observe asteroids creating lightings in our night sky.
Ceres is the largest of all dwarf planets found in our solar system. Ever since the tiny rock has been discovered, it has been blowing the mind of scientists at laboratories on Earth.
Here are 7 mind-boggling mysteries buzzed by this space object:
- At the time of discovery in the year 1801, it was labeled to be a planet. However, its status of a planet was taken back in 1850, after the find of many other similar bodies in the same belt and trajectory.
- It was the first asteroid found by us.
- As per an estimate, it is one-third of the mass of the entire asteroid belt.
- A composition of mainly rock and water ice, Ceres’ diameter is 945 kilometers, and it has its own gravitational And, unlike other asteroid, it is round in shape. Scientists also believe that it could also boast some hydrated minerals, such as carbonates and clay. In January 2014, water vapors were identified on this little object.
- To know more about the minor-planet, the Dawn mission arrived Ceres’ orbit in March 2015.
- One of the first images that Dawn sent back on Earth were its two bright spots, that were the most attention-grabbing thing about this dwarf planet. However, the Hubble telescope had also captured these bright spots in 1995. Other pictures sent by the mission included its cratered surface.
- After the studies that scientists have conducted with the help of NASA’s Dawn Mission, they are now quite surprised with the lack of large-sized craters on Ceres. The dark spots which were seen from the telescopes on Earth had hinted that the dwarf planet could have massive, multiple craters of more than 200 miles diameter. But, the images broadcasted by Dawn do not suggest so.