Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 9, 2015

Unusually-looking Crater on 1-Ceres (EDM)
Unusually-looking Crater on 1-Ceres (EDM)

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

Today's APOD is an Extra Detail Magnification ("EDM") of yesterday's deeply interesting Contextual (or "CTX", for short) Frame, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on September, 9, 2015, which showed us, once again, some "White Stuff"  (mostly "Spots" and "Striations") located on the East-facing Wall and Inner Slopes of a relatively small Unnamed (and possibly "Complex") Impact Crater found on the Dwarf Planet known as 1-Ceres. More White Material is also visible on the West and South-facing Outer Slopes (exactly from 6 until about 11 o'clock) of the Crater, as well as near the shadows coming from another unusually-looking Depression visible to the East of the Main Crater.


Also VERY well visible, at about 2 o'clock of the Main Unnamed Impact Crater, there are signs of a (possible) large Landslide, whose shape - if you look at it VERY carefully - is also extremely bizarre (it looks like the number "8" or, if you prefer, like the symbol of Infinity). 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 a crop taken 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 19907 - Dawn HAMO Image 29) 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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