Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 23, 2015

Unnamed Crater on the Terminator of 1-Ceres
Unnamed Crater 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 simply beautiful Contextual (or "CTX", for short) Frame, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on August, 26, 2015, shows us, among other interesting things, an Ancient and extremely Complex Unnamed Impact Crater (which seems to be characterized by the presence of an unusually-looking - we would say, as IPF, "columnarly-shaped", maybe? - Central Peak) that is located near the Terminator Line of the Dwarf Planet named 1-Ceres.

If you will pay attention to the frame, you might agree on the fact that the long shadows - which are very well visible all over the picture - make the whole scene - with its deeply complex Surface Details - even more suggestive.

The 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.

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 19898 - Dawn HAMO Image 20) 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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