Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 5, 2015

Features of the Mid-Latitudes of 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)
Features of the Mid-Latitudes of 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)

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

This nice Contextual (or "CTX", for short) Frame, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft, shows us a amall portion of the Mid-Latitudes of the Dwarf Planet named 1-Ceres. A funny-looking (and possible) image-artifact, as well as several White Spots (located in the proximities of an Unnamed Complex Impact Crater, showing a series of large Fractures - of unknown origin - located near the centre of its Floor and Central Peak) are well visible in the picture.

Even this picture was taken from an altitude of approx. 915 miles (such as about 1472,5461 Km) from the Surface, with a resolution of roughly 450 feet (such as about 137,16 meters) per pixel, on August 21, 2015.

This 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 19885 - Dawn HAMO Image 9) has been additionally processed, extra-magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and extra-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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