Just Like Pluto, Ceres Is A Bit Busier Than We Thought
New analysis of data from the Dawn space probe shows Ceres is more geologically active than once believed.By Evan Thomas | September 1, 2016
Not all asteroids are chunks of dead rock, especially not the solar system's largest one. A new batch of research on data from the Dawn probe shows there's a lot going on down on Ceres.
The dwarf planet hosts a relatively new cryovolcano, which spews molten chemicals like water or methane instead of lava. The one on Ceres is one of the best examples in our neck of space.
Scientists think it might be driven by some reaction with chlorine in the interior. Ceres doesn't have tectonic plates causing volcanic activity like Earth does.