Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 10, 2015

On the Terminator of 1-Ceres
On the Terminator of 1-Ceres

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

This really beautiful picture, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on June, 25, 2015, shows us the impressive Reliefs (i.e.: Impact Craters, Crater Chains, Rupes and other truly unbelievable - and unexpected - Surface Features) existing - and extremely well highlighted here - on and near the Terminator Line of the Dwarf-Planet named 1-Ceres.

Even this frame was obtained 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.

This image (which is a crop taken 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 19616 - Dawn Survey Orbit Image 43) 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 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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