7 Strange Facts About Ceres

Astronomy Science ~ NASA Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Ceres on Friday morning (March 6) when the United States and soon will b...

Astronomy Science ~ NASA Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Ceres on Friday morning (March 6) when the United States and soon will be the first spacecraft will orbit the dwarf planet. Ceres is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and the dwarf planet closest to Earth. Dawn is expected to provide a lot of information about the evolution and composition of Ceres'.

Here are the seven strange facts about Ceres.

1. First Asteroid Ceres is Found

Ceres was first seen on January 1, 1801 by Sicilian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi. The asteroid was discovered after Piazzi follow mathematical prediction (later determined to be wrong) that there should be a planet between Mars and Jupiter.

Initially called a planet Ceres, but as more members of the asteroid belt were found, revealed to be the asteroid Ceres. Status changed again in 2006 when he was promoted to a dwarf planet.

2. The name comes from the Roman goddess of Agriculture.

Piazzi named object of this invention with the name Ceres, named after the Roman goddess of harvest and corn. He is also regarded as the patron goddess of Sicily, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. The element cerium discovered in 1803 named from Ceres.

3. Have a Point Light Mysterious Ceres

When Dawn towards Ceres, in late 2014 and early 2015, astronomers discovered two surprise bright spot at about 19 degrees north latitude Ceres, in the crater. No bumps or features close to these places, which indicates that the point was not coming from the volcano.

The bright spot shows a highly reflective material, the possibility of ice or salt water, the researchers say. Dawn team members who wish spacecraft will solve the mystery.

4. Ceres Probably Have Bursts Steam

Herschel Space Observatory has recently saw bursts of water vapor emanating from Ceres. These bursts appears to be generated from two locations (including close to a bright white spots are found) and could be a product of the volcano ice, scientists say. NASA's Dawn will investigate this mystery.

5. Ceres May Have Ocean Under the Surface

Geyser water vapor suggests the presence of subsurface ocean in Ceres, which may be capable of supporting life as we know it, scientists said.

Cold months in the outer solar system as the Jovian satellite Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus is estimated to have oceans beneath the surface, that seems to hold in liquid form by tidal forces generated by the gravity of the moon and planets their parent huge. Ceres will not experience tidal forces like it but might retain some of the heat from the radioactive elements in its interior.

6. Ceres Shaped Round

Unlike other members of the asteroid belt, Ceres round, because gravity is large enough to form into a ball shape. (Ceres has a diameter of about 590 miles, or 950 kilometers). Scientists also believe that the spherical body tend to have different interior, which means that there are different zones within them. Ceres may have a rocky core, a mantle of ice, maybe some liquid water beneath the surface and the top layer of dust.

7. This object May Have Atmospheric

Ceres is relatively far from the sun, but scientists believe the surface temperature can rise as high as -37 degrees Fahrenheit (-38 degrees Celsius). If there is water ice on the surface, it will quickly sublimated - changes directly into gas - which can produce the atmosphere around the dwarf planet. That said, there are only a few observations that may occur sublimation there until today. Dawn will keep an eye on it.

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Astronomy Science: 7 Strange Facts About Ceres
7 Strange Facts About Ceres
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