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Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity


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Occator Crater, Ceres

The bright areas of Occator CraterCerealia Facula in the center and Vinalia Faculae to the sideare examples of bright material found on crater floors on Ceres. This is a simulated perspective view.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI

If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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