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Artist's impression of Ceres

Date: 22 January 2014
Satellite: Herschel
Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab

Dwarf planet Ceres is located in the asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Observations by ESA's Herschel space observatory between 2011 and 2013 find that the dwarf planet has a thin water-vapour atmosphere. It is the first unambiguous detection of water vapour around an object in the asteroid belt.


Last Update: 22 January 2014

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