What would be interesting is if we could pull this planetoid into the goldilocks zone between earth and mars and possibly make it a habitual planet that we can colonize and be a way station between mars and earth. If it shows to have a atmosphere that will help or if it can hold a atmosphere that would be better.
Well, I think if it has water then I think it has what is needed to make an atmosphere. The issue will be if it has enough of a gravitational pull to hold an atmosphere… and word the answer is probably no. But if we had the technology to pull or move a planet, even one as small as this wouldn't be something. Maybe we can use that negative mass substance in another thread to develop an engine that could move this planetoid.
We have the engines already that can move a planet or a planetoid. Every time a rocket is launched from the earth it is a tug of war to see if the rocket moves or the earth moves *smile* You need more than just gravitational pull to have and maintain a atmosphere you need to have something that is going to block the solar wind to protect the atmosphere or it will strip it right off.
I didn't know that about the solar winds. What blocks them from stripping our atmosphere? Is this something I need to worry about?
Our magnetosphere is what protects us from the solar wind that is what gives us the northern lights. They are the solar winds trying to get through to strip our atmosphere. I think this is why Mars has such a think atmosphere due to it not having good protection from the solar wind. We have a lot of protections in place to help us stay safe here on this planet.
Good, this is all new to me. I really didn't know much about this subject. This is great to add to my repertoire of minutiae.
Dawn spacecraft explores dwarf planet Ceres' interior evolution. Surface features on Ceres -- the largest world between Mars and Jupiter -- and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think. A recent study analyzed Ceres' surface features to reveal clues about the dwarf planet's interior evolution. Source 6g.
Bright areas on Ceres suggest geologic activity. If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective areas formed and changed over time -- processes indicative of an active, evolving world. Source 3s.