Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 26, 2015

Small Impact Crater with White Material on 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)
Small Impact Crater with White Material on 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)

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

This intriguing Contextual (or "CTX", for short) Frame, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on September, 21, 2015, shows us, once again, a very small portion of the Northern Hemisphere of the Dwarf Planet named 1-Ceres. Once again, near (actually: all around) a really small Unnamed Impact Crater (whose Floor is VERY dark), it can be (barely) seen) the usual, for 1-Ceres, White Material whose origin and nature are still unknown. Can you see it?!?


Also 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 an Original NASA - Dawn Spacecraft's b/w and NON Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19986 - Dawn HAMO Image 44) 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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