back to article Why so salty, Ceres? Is it on account of your underground oceans and cryovolcanism?

Data from NASA's now-defunct Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres has shown that the largest object in the Solar System's asteroid belt has sub-surface oceans and recent volcanic activity, according to a group of papers published in Nature journals. In the first study led by NASA JPL's Carol Raymond, the geological scientists based …

  1. Marketing Hack Silver badge
    Alien

    In summary, Ceres is inhabited by sea monkeys!!

    I for one welcome our brine-loving, shrimp-tastic overlords!!

  2. Tom 38 Silver badge

    You heard about Pluto?

    That's messed up, right?

  3. Potemkine! Silver badge

    The Belt

    Can't wait for season 5 of The Expanse.

  4. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
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    Brilliant stuff

    Our solar system keeps throwing up surprises. Love this kind of boffinry

    1. HildyJ Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: Brilliant stuff

      Only Earth has liquid water.

      Oops, Earth and Enceladus.

      Oops, Earth and some of Jupiter's icy moons.

      Oops, Earth and some of Jupiter's and Saturn's icy moons.

      Oops, and Pluto.

      Oops, and Ceres. Ceres?

      The boffins are already celebrating but I'll hoist a pint too.

      1. Youngone Silver badge

        Re: Brilliant stuff

        Yes, the more we look the more we find.

        The problem is we're trying to do a stocktake in a huge warehouse by peering through the keyhole.

        We ought to be sending people to have a butchers at these things.

  5. carolinahomes

    Asteroid B-612

    We earthlings should rename Ceres: Asteroid B-612

    Since it had a volcano that needed tending to, water to help the Rose live and grow, and no current Baobab trees to speak of, we may assume that the Little Prince left when his Rose and all other plant life died.

    Especially true if we can calculate Ceres' day to be long enough to forever remain in daylight simply by walking in the appropriate direction.

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