Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 31, 2016

Near the Equator of 1-Ceres (EDM)
Near the Equator of 1-Ceres (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 (or "EDM", for short) obtained from yesterday's Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on December, 23, 2015, that showed us a truly small, but highly crateredArea of 1-Ceres that is located near the Equator; in this EDM, in particular, we can enjoy a fascinating view of a - relatively - tiny Double Unnamed Impact Crater that is completely surrounded by bright Material (a Material that appears to be common on 1-Ceres, but whose origin, as you know, is still unknown).

The Original Image was centered at approximately 2,5° South Latitude and 112° East Longitude and it was 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) as to the Surface, 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 20305 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 15) 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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