Differentiation of the asteroid Ceres as revealed by its shape

@article{Thomas2005DifferentiationOT,
  title={Differentiation of the asteroid Ceres as revealed by its shape},
  author={P. Thomas and J. Parker and L. McFadden and C. Russell and S. Stern and M. Sykes and E. Young},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={437},
  pages={224-226}
}
The accretion of bodies in the asteroid belt was halted nearly 4.6 billion years ago by the gravitational influence of the newly formed giant planet Jupiter. The asteroid belt therefore preserves a record of both this earliest epoch of Solar System formation and variation of conditions within the solar nebula. Spectral features in reflected sunlight indicate that some asteroids have experienced sufficient thermal evolution to differentiate into layered structures. The second most massive… Expand
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