Astronomy Picture of the Day
July 10, 2015

Features of 1-Ceres
Features of 1-Ceres

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

The very highly Cratered Surface of the so-called "Dwarf Planet" known as 1-Ceres, shows us its truly peculiar beauty in this Contextual Image taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on June 22, 2015. A large, partially Terraced - in particular on its South/Western Side - and, apparently, extremely old Unnamed Complex Impact Crater - with a very sharp and unusually-looking (we would say, as IPF, kind of "oblong-shaped") Central Peak which, by the way, is still illuminated by the Sunlight - dominates most of the scene.

Just out of curiosity, this specific frame is just one among the first snapshots coming from Dawn's second Mapping Orbit of 1-Ceres, which is carried out from an altitude of approx. 2700 miles (such as about 4345,218 Km).  The Resolution here is roughly 1400 feet (such as approx. 426,72 meters) per pixel.

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 19591 Dawn Survey Orbit Image 23) 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 down, 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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