Ceres – a dwarf planet in our Solar System

Ceres is a dwarf planet in our solar system. It is a rock-ice body some 590 miles in diameter with a surface area approximately equal to the land area of India or Argentina.

Ceres’s oblateness is inconsistent with an undifferentiated body, which indicates that it consists of a rocky core overlain with an icy mantle. This 100-km-thick mantle (23%–28% of Ceres by mass; 50% by volume)contains 200 million cubic kilometers of water, which is more than the amount of fresh water on Earth.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will reach it in February 2015.

(Source:Wikipedia)

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The Moon compared to the asteroids and dwarf planets in our solar system – Ceres is farthest left.

Early next year the Dawn Spacecraft should send back images that will render these crude images obsolete.. just as it did with Vesta.

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