A large reservoir of water has been discovered on Ceres, the largest asteroid in space, due to which scientists believe that now life can be possible even in space. A reservoir of salty water spanning hundreds of kilometers, about 40 kilometers below the top surface of the Ceres asteroid, which scientists are also calling an oceanic world.
This claim has been made on the basis of data given by the International Space Organization NASA. Based on these data, a research paper has been released which is published in science journals called Nature Astronomy, Nature Geoscience and Nature Communications. In which it is being said that the Ceres asteroid has a large reservoir of salty water which is completely frozen with ice.
Justifying the claim of the research paper, NASA scientist Julie Castillo also believes that this water reservoir is very cold and the amount of salts in it is also very high. NASA has collected data related to the presence of water in the asteroid Ceres with the help of its spacecraft DAWN.
But why is Ceres so salty? 🤔— NASA (@NASA) August 11, 2020
Our @NASASolarSystem Dawn mission observed mysterious, bright regions of sodium carbonate there.
Now we know these regions came from a deep reservoir of salt-enriched water that evaporated at the surface: https://t.co/Ix08G2AoOF pic.twitter.com/Vv3qIpijok
Talking about water in Ceres, chief investigator of spacecraft Dawn, Carroll Raymond, says that this discovery gives the Ceres asteroid- the status of a global ocean in space. Carroll also says that we know that a lot of water present there, but it cannot be claimed that it is the largest source of water in space.
Ceres asteroid exists between the orbits of the planets Mars and Jupiter. Ceres has a diameter of about 950 kilometers. Ceres is the largest asteroid in our solar system. Because of which in 2006 the International Astronomical Union gave it the status of a dwarf planet. Actually, dwarf planets are celestial bodies that are larger than asteroids and smaller than planets.