Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 2, 2015

More interesting Features on 1-Ceres
More interesting Features on 1-Ceres

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

This simply beautiful Contextual Frame of the so-called "Dwarf-Planet" known as 1-Ceres is part of a sequence taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on May 5 and 6, 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.

In this view we can see all the so-called "White Spots", from the first (and most visible, on the left - Sx - side of the frame) 9 ones (three of them - and one, in particular - which are - is - quite big, while the other six are truly small) and that we discussed in the APODs of May 23 and 24 of this year (see the "Archives" if you want to see and know more), to a few others which can be seen towards the Southern Latitudes of 1-Ceres, as well as on the Eastern - right (Dx) - margin of the Dwarf Planet.

Furthermore, we also have noticed another truly interesting Surface Feature at about 8 o'clock o 1-Ceres, that looks like some kind of extremely dark and unusually-shaped "Unnamed Impact Crater" or - maybe - even a "Collapse Pit". However, we - as IPF - cannot be sure, for now, and from such a distance, about its true nature (as a matter of fact, it could also be a simple Image Artifact). So, and just as usual, we have to wait for further (and better) images. 

Of course, we do hope to be able to tell you more about all these fascinating Surface Features in the very near future...

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 19562) 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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