Ice Mountain on Ceres

Ice Mountain on Ceres

Credit: Associated Newspapers Limited

The above image was developed from multiple layers of surface maps taken from the, now retired, Dawn spacecraft. The Dawn craft reached the dwarf planet in 2015 and began to take detailed surface images which were later compiled into layers resulting in stunning images.

The formation of this 12,000ft high mountain is not yet clear but suggested have been made that a huge ‘mud bubble’ developed deep underground and froze in the cruel temperatures of space when it breached the surface.

The mountain has been named ‘Ahua Mons’ and it is, so far, the largest object of its kind on the largest known asteroid in our solar system. Ceres is located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and, according to NASA, is like ‘nothing else seen by humans’.

Scientists are now discussing the possibility of Ceres supporting life. The Dawn spacecraft has previously discovered patches of organic material that may contain an abundance of carbon-based compounds. These organic patches may have been introduced to the dwarf planet naturally by a collision with another asteroid in the distant past.

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