Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 20, 2015

White 'Splash' on 1-Ceres (EDM)
White 'Splash' on 1-Ceres (EDM)

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

Another extremely bright - and, once again, mysterious and still totally (well, let's just say "almost" totally...) unexplainable - "White Splash" (made out of, so far, unknown Material - but we, as IPF, say that, most likely, it should be made of Water Ice) has now been found on the Floor, on the Inner Slopes (partially, as you can see here) as well as on the Inner and Outer Rim and, we can say, widely dispersed all around this Unnamed Impact Crater that is located on the Surface of the so-called "Dwarf Planet" 1-Ceres. The aforementioned unusually-looking Surface Feature is very well visible in this Extra Detail Magnification (or "EDM", for short) of the Contextual Frame that we - as IPF - have shown in yesterday's APOD; a Contextual Frame which was taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on June 6, 2015.

The Resolution here is roughly 1400 feet (such as approx. 426,72 meters) per pixel. Planetary Scientists are still puzzled by the nature of these Spots, and they are considering explanations which include (like we, as IPF, had - humbly, of course - already anticipated in the recent past) Salt and (Water) Ice.

The image (which is tha Magnification of a crop taken out from an Original NASA - Dawn Spacecraft's b/w and NON Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19573) 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 the Surface of 1-Ceres), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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