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Ceres The Closest Dwarf Planet To Earth


Ceres is the closest dwarf planet to earth and it is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. In the asteroid belt we mostly learned about the dwarf planet. Dwarf Planet Ceres is 413 million kilometers far from the sunDawn spacecraft which was sent in 2007 and it arrived in 2015. Dawn spacecraft needed eight years to reach Ceres but that is also because it stopped by to visit Mars and for Vesta the biggest asteroid. But if you were to be the one chosen to land on this dwarf planet then with current technology a spaceship could take you to Ceres with an around a year. 

That is because to get to Mars it takes an average seven months and since this dwarf planet is a bit less than two times further away that is why the trip would be a year long to it. So then let's say you got onto the spaceship as you would approach Ceres it would be apparent that the object is very round but also heavily cratered who resemble our moon a bit but also it is a lot darker. So most likely you were sent to explore and most mysterious place.

If we talk about Ceres moon. It has no moons. Ceres composition is lightly different  that other asteroids in our solar system and Ceres orbit exist between mars and Jupiter and its orbit complete in 1682 earth days which is 4.6 earth years. Ceres is like to be made of space dust but probably covered by the amalgam of water, ice, carbonates, and clays.

In the Ceresthe locator crater it is a 90 kilometer long crater that has two huge bright spots. As you would land here and step on to the surface of Ceres it would be noticeable that you are very light and you would move around very fast without any exhaustion and that is all because of the gravity of this dwarf planet. It is 35 times weaker than on the earth. As you would look into the distance, at the center would be a huge bright spot it would be obviously reflecting a lot more light than the rest of the gray surface.


The bright spot would be surrounded with mountains and in the background. The visible Ridge of the crater would be apparent. When you would get to the bright spot as you can examine it on the ground it would seem like you're looking at some form of snow but it would be obvious from the texture. 

That it is not what you would be actually looking at is a form of salt. That is salt mixed with a bit of water. The real mystery there is because no one really knows how the salt got there in huge quantities, all at one place. It looks very odd and there are quite a few of those salt deposits throughout the whole surface. Some suggest that it originated from the inside of Ceres.


After you explored the salt deposits it would be the time to get to a cryo-volcano a volcano. That spews cold material and that is a hyuna mass as you would look into the distance a huge very smooth and tall structure would be present. The whole mountain is four kilometers tall making it the tallest on Dwarf Planet Ceres but despite the fact that it is so tall you could climb it easily. 

Since the gravity is so low this cryo-volcanic dome formed over time as the spewed material accumulated and formed this mountain. What is weird about it is that? It is the only one found on the whole surface of Ceres. As you would explore the whole surface generally there would be many creators and mountains and there would be pretty much no flat areas. It is an old surface that was bombarded with asteroids. 


Now it would be apparent that despite the fact the things would seem big they would not be as big as they are on earth because the whole surface area of Ceres is as big as the surface area of Egypt. So yeah this war planet is tiny it is only nine hundred and forty kilometers in diameter. While looking at the sky it would seem kind of odd since it is in the vacuum of space but the vacuum of space also means that you would be able to see some stars during the day. 

So It is quite an interesting dwarf planet that is relatively speaking not that far away. On a cosmic scale we should send many more man-made objects to it maybe we will figure out all of the mysteries that are on that surface. 

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