Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 2, 2015

An unusually-looking Craters' Configuration
An unusually-looking Craters' Configuration

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

This nice Contextual (or "CTX", for short) Frame, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on August, 24, 2015, shows us, located near the Terminator Line and inside an highly Craterd Area of the Dwarf Planet known as 1-Ceres, an ancient, and yet well-preserved Unnamed and Complex Impact Crater (with a tiny and slightly elongated Central Peak), which has three (obviously more recent) other Unnamed Impact Craters, that all located right on top of its Rim, from about 11, to about 3 o'clock of the oldest Crater's circumference. An unusal, but very interesting, Cratering Configuration.


The picture was taken from an altitude of approx. 915 miles (such as about 1472,5461 Km) from the Surface, with a resolution of roughly 450 feet (such as about 137,16 meters) per pixel.


This 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 19906 - Dawn HAMO Image 28) has been additionally processed, extra-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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