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Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area


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Ceres Occator Crater

The center of Ceres' mysterious Occator Crater is the brightest area on the dwarf planet.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/ASI/INAF

The brightest area on Ceres, located in the mysterious Occator Crater, has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth, according to a new study from scientists on NASA's Dawn mission.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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