Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 8, 2015

Unusually-looking Crater on 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)
Unusually-looking Crater on 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)

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

This truly interesting Contextual (or "CTX", for short) Frame, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on September, 9, 2015, shows us, once again, some "White Striations" on the East-facing Wall and Inner Slopes of a relatively small Unnamed (and possibly "Complex") Impact Crater located on the Dwarf Planet known as 1-Ceres. More White Material is also visible on the South-facing Outer Slopes (exactly at 6 o'clock) of the Crater, as well as near the shadows coming from another unusually-looking Depression located to the East of the Main Crater.

Well visible, at about 2 o'clock of the Unnamed Impact Crater, there are signs of a (possible) large Landslide, whose shape - if you look at it VERY carefully - is also extremely bizarre. 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 19907 - Dawn HAMO Image 29) 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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