Models show that several puzzling features about Ceres’ topography, gravity anomalies, and crater size distribution may be explained by asymmetric hemispherical convection due to radiogenic heating.
A new special collection in JGR: Planets explores how ice has played a key role in the development of the landscape on the surface of Ceres.
Simulations show that pockets of brine that form from the addition of impact heat to the crust of Ceres could have erupted on the floor of Occator crater, explaining the presence of the bright spots.
The presence of organic material on Ceres raises new questions about its internal evolution and potential for hosting past or present life.
Cryovolcanoes, landslides, and water ice all point to current activity, researchers found.
Hypervelocity impact experiments shed new light on the composition and evolution of the largest dwarf planet's little-known surface.
The presence of ammonia-rich clay on much of the surface of Ceres suggests that this dwarf planet—the largest object in the asteroid belt—may have formed far out in the solar system, then wandered in.
A 16-month investigation of the dwarf planet Ceres could reveal a lot about the most massive body in the asteroid belt and could advance our understanding of the formation of terrestrial planets.