Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 27, 2015

Small Impact Crater with White Material on 1-Ceres (EDM)
Small Impact Crater with White Material on 1-Ceres (EDM)

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

This fascinating Extra Detail Magnification (or "EDM", for short) obtained from yesterday's Contextual (or "CTX", for short) Frame, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on September, 21, 2015, and which allowed us to see a very small portion of the Northern Hemisphere of the Dwarf Planet named 1-Ceres, shows, once again, near (actually: all around) a really small Unnamed Impact Crater (whose Floor is VERY dark), the usual, for 1-Ceres, White Material whose origin and nature are still unknown. Can you see it now?!?

The original photo 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 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 19986 - Dawn HAMO Image 44) 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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