Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 2, 2015

Crescent 1-Ceres
Crescent 1-Ceres

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA and Dr Paolo C. Fienga for the additional process. and color.

This beautiful and, in fact, truly fascinating picture of a so-called "Dwarf Planet" of our Solar System known as 1-Ceres, is part of a sequence of images taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on April 24, 25, and 26, of the AD 2015, at an average distance of about 8.500 miles (such as approx. 13.679,39 Km) from the Surface of this - so far - almost unknown and extremely interesting Celestial Body.


The image (which is an Original NASA - Dawn Spacecraft's b/w and NON Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19321) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then colorized (according to an educated guess carried out by Dr Paolo C. Fienga-LXTT-IPF) in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft and then looked ahead, towards  1-Ceres), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.



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