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Web Date: December 9, 2015

Dwarf Planet Shows Some Cometlike Activity

Space Science: Ceres, which resides in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, may periodically spew water ice, chemical analyses hint
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: Ceres, Dawn, asteroid, comet

New research bolsters the idea that the dwarf planet Ceres, which resides within the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, shows some cometlike behavior.

In the first of two published papers, an international team led by Andreas Nathues at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research examined new data from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Dawn spacecraft, which is orbiting Ceres. The scientists found numerous bright spots on . . .

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