Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 13, 2015

Features of 1-Ceres (Highly Cratered Area with a medium-sized Unnamed Complex Impact Crater - EDM)
Features of 1-Ceres (Highly Cratered Area with a medium-sized Unnamed Complex Impact Crater - EDM)

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

This is an Extra Detail Magnification ("EDM") obtained from yesterday's very interesting Contextual (or "CTX", for short) Frame, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on September, 15, 2015, which showed us several intriguing Surface Features that are all located of the Dwarf Planet known as 1-Ceres.


Here we can see an highly Cratered Area with many Unnamed Impact Craters, where the biggest - and most Complex one - is visible to the lower right - Dx - portion of the EDM itself).


The photo 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 obtained 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 19972 - Dawn HAMO Image 34) 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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