Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 31, 2015

A Mountain Ridge in Urvara Crater
A Mountain Ridge in Urvara Crater

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

The NASA - Dawn Spacecraft took this fascinating image that shows us a really sharp-topped Mountain Ridge - check the lower left (Sx) side of the frame - that lies in (actually, "near") the center of Urvara Crater, which is located on the Dwarf-Planet known as 1-Ceres. Urvara is an Indian and Iranian Deity of plants and fields. The Crater's diameter is roughly 101 miles (such as approx. 162,543 Km).

This view was acquired on August 19, 2015, from a distance of about 915 miles (such as approx. 1472,5461 Km) from the Surface of 1-Ceres. The resolution of the frame is roughly 450 feet (such as about 137,16 meters) per pixel.

This image (which is an Original NASA - Dawn Spacecraft's b/w and NON Map-Projected contextual frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19632) 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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