Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 11, 2016

Unnnamed Impact Crater with complex Central Peaks on 1-Ceres (EDM)
Unnnamed Impact Crater with complex Central Peaks on 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) of yesterday's simply great Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on April, 18th, 2016, that showed us an Unnamed (and relatively fresh) Impact Crater located in the Southern Hemisphere of this always fascinating Dwarf-Planet. This Unnamed Impact Crater has a Complex (such as more than one Single Peak) series of Central Peaks (very well visible here).


The Original View was centered at approximately 55° South Latitude and 205° East Longitude.


The NASA - Dawn Spacecraft captured the scene during its Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (or "LAMO", for short), from an approx. altitude of 240 miles (such as about 386,2416 Km) above the Surface of 1-Ceres. The Original Image Resolution is roughly 120 feet (i.e. about 36,576 meters) per pixel (---> Picture Element).


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 20684 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 104) 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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