Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 25, 2015

The Bright Spots of Occator Crater
The Bright Spots of Occator Crater

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

This highly suggestive image of a truly small portion of the Surface of the Dwarf-Planet known as 1-Ceres, was taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on June, 25, 2015, and it shows us, once again - and very well -, the many (and, so far, still unexplainable) extremely Bright Spots located on the Floor of Occator Crater (approx. 92 Km - such as about 57,132 miles in diameter and about 4 Km - such as roughly 2,484 miles - deep).

Also this specific 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 19630 - Dawn Survey Orbit Image 53) 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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