Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 24, 2016

Southern Latitudes of 1-Ceres (EDM)
Southern Latitudes of 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 (or "EDM", for short) obtained from yesterday's Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres; the frame was taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on December, 20, 2015, and, in this EDM, we can clearly see a truly Complex Double Impact Crater that is located in an highly cratered portion of 1-Ceres' Southern Hemisphere.


The original image was centered at approx. 46° South Latitude and 101° East Longitude; it was taken during the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft's Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (or "LAMO", for short), from a distance of approx. 240 miles (such as about 386,2416 Km) from the Surface, and with a resolution of roughly 120 feet (such as about 36,576 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 20301 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 11) 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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