Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 19, 2015

Unnamed Impact Crater with 'White Striations' on 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)
Unnamed Impact Crater with 'White Striations' 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 Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on October, 9, 2015, shows us shows a (as usual, "relatively speaking") "Fresh" Unnamed Impact Crater with a flat Floor. Furthermore, the aforementioned Unnamed Impact Crater is surrounded by a smooth, Flow-like Ejecta Blanket that covers (most) part of the adjacent (and much older) Impact Craters.

The main Unnamed Impact Crater, that is located toward the center of the frame, is about 16 miles (such as approx. 25,749 Km) in diameter. Notice the several "White Striations" which cover most of its East-facing Inner Rim.

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. The image shows us an area of 1-Ceres which is located (---> centered) at 31° South Latitude and 176° East Longitude

This image (which is a crop obtained 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 20124 - Dawn HAMO Image 62) 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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