Published On: Mon, Sep 17th, 2018
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Dwarf Planet Ceres Is Infested With Ancient Ice Volcanoes

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Science News reports that dwarf planet (and largest asteroid) Ceres has multiple ice volcanoes, as opposed to just one, like scientists have thought since 2015. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which was launched in 2007 specifically to study Ceres and the asteroid belt’s other largest object, Vesta, found one ice volcano when it first approached Ceres in 2015, and scientists dubbed the feature Ahuna Mons. They were surprised to find only one such feature, but recent images show that the others were there; they were just hiding.

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Dwarf Planet Ceres Is Infested With Ancient Ice Volcanoes