Jupiter’s massive gravity launched the strange Ceres into the asteroid belt

Jupiter’s massive gravity launched the strange Ceres into the asteroid belt

A new computer simulation suggests that the dwarf planet Ceres may have been thrown by the gravity of gas giant Jupiter toward the sun during the volatile era of planet formation 4.5 billion years ago.

There’s always been something out of place Ceres. At 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) wide, Ceres is by far the largest body in the asteroid beltthe region between the orbits of March and Jupiter or space rocks (most of them measuring only tens or hundreds of meters and having a strange shape) gather.

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