By : Oneindia Video Team
Published : March 09, 2017, 02:51
Duration : 02:04
NASA's Dawn spacecraft identified age of Ceres' brightest area
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed the brightest central area on Ceres and it is approximately 30 million years younger than the crater in which it lies. Scientists, who studied Occator Crater's central dome in detail, said that this intriguing bright feature, known as Cerealia Facula, on the dwarf planet is only about 4 million years old - quite recent in terms of geological history. Scientists believe the initial trigger was the impact that dug out the crater itself, causing briny liquid to rise closer to the surface. As per NASA, new evidence also suggests that Occator's bright dome likely rose in a process that took place over a long period of time, rather than forming in a single event.