24 June, 2015

'Mystery 3-mile tall pyramid' spotted on dwarf planet Ceres

Scientists are investigating a mysterious, pyramid-shaped mountain discovered on the surface of a dwarf planet.

It comes after Nasa's Curiosity Rover took pictures of another triangular object peaking above the horizon on Mars.

"3 Mile Tall Pyramid" on Ceres

But this peak was spotted by their Dawn spacecraft as it orbited 2,700 miles above distant dwarf Ceres.

The mountain towers three miles above Ceres’ flat surface - more than half the height of Everest.
Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The space probe has also discovered at least eight “mysterious bright spots” in a 55-mile-wide crater...thought to a highly reflective material, with ice and salt leading possibilities.

Experts have also identified numerous craters of varying sizes, many of which have central peaks.

They say there is “ample evidence” of past activity on the planet’s surface, including landslides and collapsed structures.

“The surface of Ceres has revealed many interesting and unique features,” said Carol Raymond, deputy principal investigator for the Dawn mission, based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“For example, icy moons in the outer solar system have craters with central pits, but on Ceres central pits in large craters are much more common.

“These and other features will allow us to understand the inner structure of Ceres that we cannot sense directly.”

Dawn - the first mission to visit a dwarf planet - arrived at Ceres on 6 March. It will remain at its current 2,700-mile altitude until 30 June, and then will descend to 900 miles in August.

Ceres, named after the Roman goddess of agriculture, was discovered in 1801.

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/proof-aliens-mystery-3-mile-tall-5934124


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