Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 17, 2015

Craters and a small 'White Spot' in the Northern Hemisphere of 1-Ceres
Craters and a small 'White Spot' in the Northern Hemisphere of 1-Ceres

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

Countless Unnamed Impact Craters located in the Northern Hemisphere of the so-called "Dwarf Planet" 1-Ceres can be seen in this image, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on June 6, 2015. Also this frame is just one among the first snapshots coming from Dawn's second Mapping Orbit of 1-Ceres, which is carried out from an altitude of approx. 2700 miles (such as about 4345,218 Km).


The Resolution here is roughly 1400 feet (such as approx. 426,72 meters) per pixel. If you look carefully at the upper left (Sx) portion of the picture, you will be able to see another - unusually-looking and, obviously, still unexplained - "White Spot". Furthermore, on the lower left (Sx) side of the frame, you will be able to see some beautiful, bright and - apparently - quite smooth Rupes which are well illuminated by the Sunlight.


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 19570) 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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