Scientists using the Herschel space telescope have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on Ceres.
Ceres is the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt and is classified as a dwarf planet, a solar system body bigger than an asteroid and smaller than a planet.
Photo : CNRS
Scientists think that plumes of water vapor shoot up from Ceres when parts of its surface are warmed by the Sun.
In 2015 the Dawn spacecraft will be able to provide more information, hopefully confirming and expanding the data, when it arrives at Ceres next year.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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