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Dawn snaps closeup of 'pyramid' on Ceres

By T.K. Randall
August 26, 2015 · Comment icon 40 comments

Scientists are still attempting to determine how this mountain came to be. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Dawn spacecraft has managed to take a closer look at the anomaly that it spotted earlier this year.
Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, might at first glance appear to be little more than a barren piece of rock floating in space - a remnant of some ancient collision that took place back when the solar system was in its infancy.

As it turns out however this tiny world is home to a host of intriguing features and anomalies.
One of these, a pyramid-shaped formation that was picked up in some of the earlier photographs returned by the Dawn spacecraft, has now been revealed from a height of 900 miles.

This peculiar mountain, which sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise relatively flat landscape, appears to be coated in some sort of reflective material - possibly ice.

It still isn't clear what processes produced such an isolated surface feature but scientists are hoping that more will be revealed once Dawn has descended to an altitude of 230 miles in December.

Source: Popular Science | Comments (40)




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Comment icon #31 Posted by toast 9 years ago
I fear you are wasting your time. This sounds like more "electric universe" pseudoscience. Well, it wasnt a question by me that I expect to be answered with the informations I requested, it was more a task to debunk the nonsensical claim given. And yeah, "electrical extrusion", whatever that should mean in relation to celestial bodies but it seems to be a quite popular term in the woo-woo corner. And I`m quite sure that the FTBs would fail to explain how it would work exactly and/or what exactly electrical extrusion means, viewed from a mechanical engineering point of view. The electric univer... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Ell 9 years ago
to debunk the nonsensical claim given. That is quite all right, I am proud to make nonsensical claims for you to debunk. I will make three more nonsensical claims for you to debunk: 1. any material that has an electric current in it will heat up, 2. electrical charges will gather at protrusions 3. objects with identical electrical charges will repel each other.
Comment icon #33 Posted by toast 9 years ago
That is quite all right, I am proud to make nonsensical claims for you to debunk. I will make three more nonsensical claims for you to debunk: Pending: Pls provide a link to a NASA/JPL page that may back yr hypothesis.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Ell 9 years ago
I will once you have told Albert Einstein to link to a NASA/JPL page that may back his general relativity hypothesis.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 9 years ago
I will once you have told Albert Einstein to link to a NASA/JPL page that may back his general relativity hypothesis. Yes but Einstein was later backed up with evidence, you have backed up an empty hypothesis with empty words. There is a reason that science rejects the electric universe hypothesis ans that is because it is unscientific (as are your arguments). If real evidence for it emerges it will cease to be a fringe pseudo-scientific joke and become something that actually belongs in the science section of a forum. They key word in that last sentence is IF.
Comment icon #36 Posted by toast 9 years ago
I will once you have told Albert Einstein to link to a NASA/JPL page that may back his general relativity hypothesis. You are free to belive to be on the same intellectual level as Einstein. Some ppl still believe to be Napoleon/Jesus/Elvis. I`m free to judge that you aren't at the same intellectual level as Einstein. And I dont think that you are well prepared to place a hypothesis about natural structures on Ceres because some posts ago you wrote as an answer to a link related to hydrological effects on Ceres: Interesting. I did not know about that. Its not a shame that this fact was new to ... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by .AKUMA. 9 years ago
Possible extinct volcano?
Comment icon #38 Posted by Ell 9 years ago
Its not a shame that this fact was new to you but to place a hypothesis about a specific structure on Ceres, and this structure might be caused by hydrological effects as well, is just based on assumptions and not on facts that may back this hypothesis. Who wanna join the chorus needs to know the lyrics at least, is the motto. And as for NASA/JPL, these organisations are, metaphorically speaking, at location. If they cannot explain the mountain yet, so you cant. Thats the reality that you have to accept. I do not agree with your thesis. I also question your grasp of reality. Possible extinct v... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by toast 9 years ago
I do not agree with your thesis. I didnt provided a thesis. I also question your grasp of reality. Because you have to as your individual reality seems to be very different to the scientific reality. Again, NASA/JPL dont know yet, so you dont. And if you claim to know more than these organisations, you practice Hippie science, simply just that.
Comment icon #40 Posted by socrates.junior 9 years ago
Wait, I got a quick debunk for number 1. Superconductors. That will be all, class.


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