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originally posted by: Ophiuchus 13
For example if a planet where to say have a gold or other reflective mineral deposit hidden deep under its surface that was eventually revealed after impact / removal of top surface material
Ceres /ˈsɪəriːz/ (minor-planet designation 1 Ceres) is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It is composed of rock and ice, is 950 km (590 mi) in diameter, and contains approximately one third of the mass of the asteroid belt. It is the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System. It was the first asteroid to be discovered, on 1 January 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi in Palermo, though at first it was considered to be a planet. From Earth, the apparent magnitude of Ceres ranges from 6.7 to 9.3, and hence even at its brightest it is too dim to be seen with the naked eye except under extremely dark skies.
Ceres appears to be differentiated into a rocky core and icy mantle, and may harbor an internal ocean of liquid water under its surface. The surface is probably a mixture of water ice and various hydrated minerals such as carbonates and clay. In January 2014, emissions of water vapor were detected from several regions of Ceres. This was somewhat unexpected, because large bodies in the asteroid belt do not typically emit vapor, a hallmark of comets.
skepticoverlord the great forteller. Wow indeed
originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
Wow. I mean, wow. Not wow in the normal sense of this is cool -- which it is -- but wow in the sense of OMG!
Way, way back in the 80's, when I was attempting to become a science fiction author, one of my short stories included first-contact with a hostile extraterrestrial group. It was one of two stories bought (for $300 each, wow) by Omni Magazine, but then never published as a new editor changed the focus of their fiction strategies.
Here's the strange/freaky part: in the story, we fist discovered the extraterrestrials in the asteroid belt, by seeing sunlight reflecting off their metal structures, on Ceres!
Needless to say, this thread title gave me a bit of a shock this morning.