Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 18, 2015

Crescent 1-Ceres
Crescent 1-Ceres

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

This suggestive image of of the so-called "Dwarf-Planet" known as 1-Ceres is part of a sequence taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on April 29, 2015, from a distance of about 8.400 miles (such as approx. 13.518,456 Km) from its - so far, pretty much unknown and extremely interesting, from many points of view - highly cratered Surface.

The 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 19548) has been additionally processed, 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  1-Ceres), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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