Surprising New Findings Inside a Crater on Ceres

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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about new discoveries from Ceres that imply a large sea or ocean inside of the closest dwarf planet to us.
More information: “Recent Cryovolcanic Activity at Occator Crater on Ceres,” A. Nathues et al. 2020 August 10, Nature Astronomy
“Impact-driven Mobilization of Deep Crustal Brines on Dwarf Planet Ceres,” C. A. Raymond et al. 2020 August 10, Nature Astronomy
“Evidence of Non-uniform Crust of Ceres from Dawn’s High-resolution Gravity Data,” R. S. Park et al., 2020 August 10, Nature Astronomy
“Fresh Emplacement of Hydrated Sodium Chloride on Ceres from Ascending Salty Fluids,” M. C. De Sanctis et al., 2020 August 10, Nature Astronomy
“Impact Heat Driven Volatile Redistribution at Occator Crater on Ceres as a Comparative Planetary Process,” P. Schenk et al., 2020 August 10, Nature Communications
“The Varied Sources of Faculae-forming Brines in Ceres’ Occator crater Emplaced via Hydrothermal Brine Effusion,” J. E. C. Scully et al., 2020 August 10, Nature Communications
“Post-impact Cryo-hydrologic Formation of Small Mounds and Hills in Ceres’s Occator Crater,” B. E. Schmidt et al., 2020 August 10, Nature Geoscience

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  1. Graeme Brumfitt

    TFS Anton, G :)

  2. GT Godbear

    That would be a cool sight if Ceres rotated around the moon.

  3. George Reynolds

    I think Ceres will figure big in human’s future, if we make it out there.


    Great, we could have a Starbucks on the way out of the solar system

  5. Iaman Empoweredone

    Sooo, if you were on Ceres how high could you jump?

  6. Zoltan Peter

    No laws in Ceres, just cops!

  7. Cyber Womble

    Ice volcanoes? Spirodon. *Dalek shakes its eyestalk sadly.

  8. Al Chang

    The Latin word “Faculae” evoking obscenity? Maybe you could do a video on Freud? In English, “a” and “u” produce two different sounds, probably indistinguishable in Bulgarian. An inept and dirty pun!

  9. jason mcfarland

    We should softly nudge it into Mars 🤔😋😃

  10. louis masar

    Your videos never disappoint. Great video and you are a wonderful person🙂

  11. JJhumanbeing1st

    If there’s that much water on Ceres, What is the composition of it’s surface?

  12. arno kosterman

    mhhhhh, the kuierbeld en the sun…….
    manivst internal inursha insie ceres en planetary interaction just litle bit .
    ceres is a moonlike strukture like our moon is inside the higher plasma dancet space of eurth en sun.
    ceres is e same of the kuiperbeld en sun
    have a baeutiful night or day oll

  13. Yvonne Miezis

    Really interesting, thanks☺

  14. Doron Smulian

    Hi Anton, Love your work. But as mentioned by H R HERMAN earlier,
    The Red Sea is as brimy as any other ocean on earth. You probably meant the Dead Sea, and that is actually getting brimier every year due to evaporation..

  15. Catpsyche

    Although I am not a scientist, it is fairly easy to make out that the thermodynamics on Ceres and it’s interior water content is not always in play on the surface and rarely so. I do know that NASA’s Juno Mission Spacecraft experienced the effects of Jupiter’s Radiation Belts, that extended millions of miles out way before it ever was near Jupiter, but somewhere around Mars. These all being facts! But could the infrequent passing by or interactions between Jupiter and Ceres subsequently have anything to do with the thermodynamics at play here? Being that Ceres is actually sandwiched in The Asteroid Belt, between both Mars and Jupiter and all it’s many moons.

  16. EiraValkyrie

    Occator font got me thinking it’s a FFXIV dungeon

  17. Jerome O'Mara

    Anton can you recommend decent price telescopes for beginners?

  18. Mike H

    So if our moon had a 🌕 it would be Ceres.

  19. Aidan Kidd

    Anton I thought you are a Canadian, you know two countries boarder the great lakes that are in north America.

  20. MicroClases

    Scientific 1: it is definitely a salt
    Scientific 2: it is definitely a rock
    Scientific 3: subterranean ocean
    People: it is definitely Aliens

  21. party4lifedude

    So many places in our solar system where life could exist. I feel like it has to be out there somewhere and if we find it in the asteroid belt that would be very interesting.

  22. Per Berg

    Hey Anton thanks for all the incredible videos you put out. Could you please make a video about the subglacial lakes of Antarctica. Did the researchers and scientists find any life in some of the lakes?

  23. Suck MeX3

    Why does Ceres look like it’s a perfect size for whatever scraped across Mars. 🤔

  24. m33p0

    they found protomolecule, didn’t they. we’re fracked.

  25. Damien Jeremy Weir

    Ice comets smashed into it in the past?

  26. frank lazarewicz

    Anton you work hard Thanks everyday I get a dose of knowledge

  27. Steve Smith

    As far as where the energy is coming for it to still be leaking, late night thoughts, most likely full of holes, if the inner solid is irregular, would the spin of it, and the near circular shell cause friction?

  28. Jonathan Gibson

    Let Greg Bear sleep in today, he’ll want to rewrite Eon.

  29. party4lifedude

    Imagine this planet’s version of a volcano is closer to a really salty geyser. A water volcano

  30. Bruce Romero

    I’m telling you …
    humanity is bored we need a goal
    A space colony is what we need.

  31. Uranus

    These dwarf planets dude, imma bully em!!

  32. MIDBC1

    Looks more like an impact area than it does salt from a brine puddle

  33. Alex de Sousa

    Anton, thank you once again for another great work. This latest finding about the brine water is still not quite clicking for me, because that still doesn’t explain why the bright lights inside the Occator crater and other spots around Ceres still stay bright even so it’s not facing the Sun. Thank you.

  34. Richard Hopkins

    I was going to guess that it’s about half the size of our moon

  35. MC's Creations

    Well… Another place to study right there. Fantastic. 😊

  36. TTLt106

    I am kind of a wonderful person. Thanks, no one’s ever noticed. You’re super wonderful.

  37. Nails077

    I learned of Ceres from Elite II Frontier and been fascinated by it ever since. Confused why it is not in Elite Dangerous though.

  38. Nico Steffen

    Starship could change the possibilities very fast!
    When its proven that it works perfectly Nasa could buy one or rent one for any mission in our system.
    When a mission is only with lets say a dozen astronauts, they could prepare it for longterm missions.
    I mean, when it can take 100 people to Mars, it could also get 10 to Jupiter, you just have to refuel it and place some ressources on the way.

  39. Dr mosfet

    It’s actually a Dyson sphere under dust and asteroids, and the salt is from a leaky sewer reprocessing system after centuries neglect 🚽 🤣

  40. Marcus' Away

    Great work as always!
    Best regards from Italy and Germany

  41. slangster

    Noticed a number of hexagonal craters. Cubic meteorites?

  42. Darkwintre

    Know very little about it actually, wasn’t it referred to in a movie like Doom too?

  43. DeepThought

    Dwarf planet with an attitude. Sounds like a robot I know.

  44. Stewy_Ze_Q

    Read about this :) pretty interesting huh. Wonder what secrets it holds 👀

  45. Paradox

    Water, water everywhere… But always hard to get to.

  46. John W

    You look just like a good friend of mine. Anyway – subbed, you put out a lot of content and I love it all

  47. Twisted Shadows

    Jus wanted to say thanks Anton for putting out your vids love watching them

  48. M W

    Could Ceres be a leftover solid core from a medium gas planet that used to occupy the asteroid belt? Maybe a “water” giant?

  49. Kieon Cumberbatch

    What if europa is related to ceres some how?

  50. Crash Overide

    Poor Ceres… The planet that never was. Thanks a lot Jupiter!!

  51. WCTA Chicago underground

    An alien spacecraft crashed there and it’s leaking radiation

  52. JeanYves Angers

    MERCI for the knowledge you give us all, and the time to share it with us merci again

  53. Bob in the West

    It would be kinda funny if it turns out that we find life (in some form or other) nearly everywhere we go.
    Conservationists and mining companies (etc) would be embroiled in legal battles, over “pesky little critters” on “every piece of rock from here to Alpha Centauri”.

  54. Santa Cliff

    It’s like when I sweat and I get the salty shorelines on my T-shirt

  55. Derek V

    Finally, we are using new tech in our devices. Been waiting for ion engines, anti radiation mycelium, and room temp superconductors to come out.

  56. Laputan Machine

    My favorite asteroid. Really enjoying your videos Anton, keep up the great work.

  57. geko

    I want to like this twice for the shout out to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗲!

  58. John Johansen

    The inside of Ceres is probably littered with Heechee installations.

  59. Moist-Mike

    Energy on the inside of Ceres? Must be aliens.

  60. Harry S. Ballz

    Who else knows Ceres from Offworld Trading Company?

  61. japanese machine with min

    you all you should actually read the paper and the title, it is a hypothesis..not confirmed

  62. B-Did Diddy

    Guess the Belters didn’t know they were sitting on so much ice

  63. naylore soon

    Hey Anton can you tell us about Metallic Hydrogen. As a fuel for space exploration. Many thanks.

  64. Extropy

    I bet it doesn’t have as much salt as the people I camp-shoot in Warzone xD

  65. Amanda Marshall

    You have a great smile!! Thank you for teaching me something everyday!

  66. What's Next?

    HA HA beat you to it Anton!
    Great video my friend, keep it up! 👍

  67. ran stid

    These ice worlds may turn out to be very important

  68. japanese machine with min

    anton: hi wonderful person, this is anton and today, we’re going to be talking about sirius
    me lookng at the title: but it’s about ceres

  69. Dan Furmanek

    Retired astronomy professor, all students should enjoy watching this. Incredibly provocative and properly descriptive!! Kudos Anton!!

  70. ShadetreeCreationsbyTess

    Hey Anton, first I’d like to say that although I’ve only started watching your videos approximately a month now, I very much enjoy learning about space through you. Thank you!
    My question today is, “Is there a pyramid on Ceres?”

  71. Ryan Herst

    “ground Breaking Dawn Mission” vampires in SPACE!!!

  72. Osmosis Jones

    How much of the mass of Exoplanets might include moons. Many planets size&Mass only make sense when including moons

  73. David Parry

    Radioactive decay of heavy material at the core causing heating, much like a Radioisotope Heater Unit on a larger scale, makes a lot of sense for Ceres.
    A base there may find more than enough raw material for it to be self-sufficient from Earth.

  74. Cody

    The wonderful person greeting makes me smile everytime.

    Thx Anton

  75. allen everhart

    Before we drill on Europa we should drill on Ceres – just to get the technology down – and hey if a few microbes are found then all to the good.

  76. O.T. Oss


    The Expanse reference!

  77. dmark David

    Ceres & Vesta might be planet cores of broken planets or planets that failed to gather the asteroids to fully form. May be.

  78. Rob Falgiano

    I only recently discovered Ceres. I wish it was part of my Star Tracker App so I could know where it is relative to earth and the other solar bodies. That app is otherwise very satisfying. Love the idea that there could be sea life down in those salty lakes. What might be the temperature range of the water?

  79. Simon Jäkle

    Ceres’ polar regions “to” contain permanently shadowed craters that are expected to act as cold traps and accumulate water ice over time, similar to the situation on the Moon and Mercury. Our Moon and Mercury are said to shrink or pulsate very slowly. Does Ceres also?

  80. HUFORIC - UFO Investigati

    why no Piggyback micro lander missions going to places like this? Piggyback cheap on SpaceX launches like the Israeli Moon Lander that became a impact crater due to radar failure…

  81. bobbymac1947

    brine does not explain it’s luminous quality’s . Does Ceres have a magnetic field ?

  82. Silas Dense

    More exciting news ….
    Can’t wait to see the results of future missions.
    Great vid Anton.
    You !!

  83. Herne Webber

    ANTON, the energy you mentioned is probably the same that prevented the asteroid belt from becoming a planet, that being Jupiter’s gravity, along with the other planets’.

  84. Morty

    Sea salt? Himalayan salt? HELL NO!!
    *I WANT CERES SALT!!!!!!*

  85. Mark Fergerson

    I’ve known of Ceres since reading Alfred Bester’s “The Stars My Destination” (alternate title of “Tiger! Tiger!”). I read that when I was six or seven.

  86. Bombastic Buster

    Great, let’s terraform it and turn it into a Carribean mini planet.

  87. HUFORIC - UFO Investigati

    I prefer Mars, with my spacesuit on the gravity will be similar to Earth, no bouncing around, 38% gravity, lightweight spacesuit will make you feel like experiencing Earth gravity without a spacesuit!!

  88. Mugwump

    Anton: Today we’re going to be talking about series.
    Me: Wait, what?
    Anton: _proceeds mentioning The Expanse_
    Me: Legit.

  89. Al Limone

    I love when you do videos about our solar system. This was awesome. Thanks. Did you ever do one on the Oort cloud?

  90. hknuddv

    O’ Great Goddess,
    Suspended upon the deep,
    Give unto us the waters of sustenance,
    That our hydroponic lab may bear fruit,
    This orbit and evermore.

  91. R A Herman

    Only one great lake is “inside the United States”. When referring to a very salty sea on Earth did you mean to say Red Sea? Maybe you meant to say Dead Sea?

  92. Seolh

    “Fackel” means torch in German, but it really refers to the old, flame on a stick torches only. the modern ones are called “Taschenlampe” which means literally “pocket lamp”.

  93. Jeffrey Stumpf

    I was a miner in the cerean salt mines back when you were still replicating in your Nutri-Womb.

  94. ArchEnema 67

    Ceres is something we haven’t discussed in some time? What mean we, kemosabe? I talk about Ceres all the time, primarily because it is so much more promising as a destination for human habitation than Mars. Virtually no added relift cost, an abundance of easily obtained metallic elements, the ability to create interior space effectively shielded from cosmic and other radiation with far less effort, and the water that is the subject of this video, all combine to make it far more useful, and far more efficiently exploitable. And I haven’t even mentioned Mars’ serious sodium perchlorate problem, which would require immense remediation efforts before even a minimal colony can be established.
    GO CERES! It’s high time we insure the survival of our species by no longer keeping all of our eggs in one precarious basket. 👍

  95. Erwin Roosjen

    When you mentioned the briny water being saltier than the Red Sea on Earth, didn’t you mean the Dead Sea? The Red Sea isn’t particularly more salty than the oceans and most seas.

  96. Regenerate THIS

    This is Ceres-ly awesome news.

  97. Farrier

    If Ceres were cooling and the ice surface is freezing towards the core, then any water below would be pressurised by the expanding ice. That pressure would then have to be released through weaknesses in the ice crust. Ergo, no energy source is necessary to produce ‘volcanic’ activity’. Just the opposite. Loss of heat is the generator.
    Just a thought!

  98. Olly Salanson

    Always learning something new, thanks Anton.

  99. Truly Infamous

    If Ceres has good amounts of water we can get to, it could make an awful good place for a base. It could act as a refueling station for spacecraft heading out to more distant parts of the solar system. Maybe a fully robotic fuel station?

  100. Pedro Kantor

    I remember a time when a liquid ocean with potential for life on another body was a prerogative only Europa had. Turns out they’re EVERYWHERE!

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