back to article Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

When it comes to probing dwarfs, NASA's New Horizons Pluto probe has been hogging the limelight. But the Dawn spacecraft orbiting tiny Ceres, which is hidden in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is back in operation – and has sent back the first full maps of the sort-of planet. Crucially, the latest pictures fail to …

  1. Zog_but_not_the_first Silver badge

    "Just a minute..."

    "That's odd".

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: "Just a minute..."

      "Oh Shit!"

  2. choleric

    Fairly obvious really

    It's the reset button for the Solar System.

    Best make sure you've updated to the latest Solaris first before pushing it though.

    And you did backup, didn't you?


  3. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

    Ooh! Aaahh! Arggghhhh!

    With all the oohing and aaahhhring over Pluto, it would be funny if the really ground breaking discovery turned up on Ceres.

    1. Darryl

      Re: Ooh! Aaahh! Arggghhhh!

      That would be adding insult to injury for poor Pluto. Get downgraded to a 2nd class 'planet' and then have its limelight stolen by Ceres.

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: Ooh! Aaahh! Arggghhhh!

        Pluto: Not even Moria-tier dwarf planet.

  4. Richard 45


    It's simple, isn't it? AManfromMars has moved house.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: Pyramid

      "Moved pyramid", rather?

      "Yes, we aliens like geometrically simple habitations resembling heaps of stones laid done by architecturally rather uncultured hired peasants. It's an ancient tradition..."

  5. Your alien overlord - fear me

    Off gases, CO2? Means it's a factory complex.

  6. beast666

    I like moistness.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      You want some pyramids with that?

  7. AceRimmer1980

    Does anyone

    remember where we parked?

  8. Teiwaz Silver badge

    To be expected.

    Just another signpost pointing toward the belt of Orion...

    Possibly, maybe.

    Giza n' that...

    (erm, maybe I should lay off the history channel for a bit)

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Naming features

    Can I suggest that we start using this list for naming features in future:

    1. Fink-Nottle

      Re: Naming features

      I propose naming the pyramid Mount Neher in honour of the first manufacturer of aluminium foil.

  10. Mark 85 Silver badge

    It's a drip...

    The paint was still wet and ran while they took the picture. Oh..this isn't the Apollo project.. Nevermind.

  11. Winkypop Silver badge


    It's fly tippers!

  12. Kharkov

    Anyone who's played ME1 will know what this is...

    Hmm, a strange pyramid, seemingly built for no discernible purpose... It's a Prothean relic! The discovery of eezo (Element Zero) can't be far away now...

  13. peterkin

    It's the Last Redoubt.

  14. Uncle Slacky Silver badge

    The Sentinel

    As title - Clarke just got the location wrong.

  15. eric.verhulst(Altreonic)

    Due to a timeshift, the actual discovery date was 1st April. Or was that when this article was written? Every trick is good to keep the money flowing.

  16. Big_Ted


    Imagine what the baby looks like

  17. toxicdragon

    Quick place a microphone on it, it might give off an SSTV signal of aliens looking to earth.

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Visual Reporting Point

    if coming in from the forth dimension you turn [_#~..

  19. Astarte

    Ceres Map

    Why does that remind me of a KSP Biomes map of Minimus?

    1. Extra spicey vindaloo

      Re: Ceres Map

      I started mentally counting how many goo containers I would need.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Although there is almost certainly nothing extra-solar to explain . . .

    . . . on either Ceres or Pluto it is still true that there could be almost unlimited alien activity around various parts of the solar system that we just haven't looked at (or closely enough) yet.

    So long as they're sensible enough not to broadcast using EM (or only using tightly focussed beams) we would never know.

    Probably not though . . .

  21. Vinyl-Junkie

    My god...'s full of stars!

  22. realtking9

    It's the $25,000 pyramid. What is the top subject? Isn't that Dick Clark to the right?

  23. Stevie Silver badge


    Time to reclassify a Dwarf Planet as everything that has already been said plus "must not have pimples".

    What we have here, rather than a true Dwarf Planet, is obviously a Ceresoid.

    Job done.

  24. WereWoof

    Pyramid? It must be one of the System Lords . ...

  25. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

    According to a noted Cerean scholar...

    ... it was built by humans, who needed to sharpen their razor blades.

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