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Salty water on dwarf planet Ceres

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    16th Aug, 2020
  • The data collected by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft suggests ocean of salty water on dwarf planet Ceres.
  • Ceres is the largest celestial object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
  • It has a diameter of about 950 km, which is more than one-fourth of Earth’s moon.
  • The salty water originated in a brine reservoir spread hundreds of miles and about 40 km beneath the surface.
  • The water was discovered because of the cracks created to form the crater.
  • Ceres is not the only celestial body in our solar system where subsurface oceans are known to exist.
  • Jupiter’s moon Europa, Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Neptune’s moon Triton, and the dwarf planet Pluto are also on the list.

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