Enhanced colored image of Haulani crater with the bright spots in and part of the ejecta. Image credit: NASA/MPS/PSI

Enhanced colored image of Haulani crater with the bright spots in and part of the ejecta. Image credit: NASA/MPS/PSI

Haulani, one of Ceres's bright-spot craters is a beautiful impact crater with mysterious features that lie in its walls. 

Ceres is a minor planet and the largest asteroid belt object! Visited by the Dawn spacecraft which took hundreds of images, Ceres has gorgeous geologies in its impacts. Each crater is named after a deity of agriculture! Haulani is the Hawaiian goddess of plants. 

Haulani is 34 kilometers (21 miles) in diameter and houses some of the supposed salty bright spots. The rim of this crater is filled with interesting landslides, possible melting streaks, and is mainly free from other impacts- meaning it is a very young (comparatively) impact crater!

Colorized topographic map of Haulani crater. Note the landsliding and pitting of the crater walls and floor! Image credit: NASA/MPS/PSI/Thomas Platz

Colorized topographic map of Haulani crater. Note the landsliding and pitting of the crater walls and floor! Image credit: NASA/MPS/PSI/Thomas Platz

Thank you for reading and next Monday, we'll take a look into the historically famous Herschel Telescope!