Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 15, 2015


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

One Side of the Dwarf-Planet 1-Ceres is shown in this Absolute Natural Colors rendering, which highlights some of the the differences existing among the Surfacing Materials (such as the different Minerals present on its Surface). 

In particular, we can easily see, one more time, the most famous of its truly intriguing Surface Features, such as Occator Crater (roughly 60 miles - such as approx. 96,5604 Km - across and about 2 about miles (approx. 3,218 Km) deep, which is the home of some of the (about 130) brightest Areas (the so-called "White Spots") that have so far been found on the Surface of 1-Ceres.

This picture (which is an Original NASA - Dawn Spacecraft's, falsely colored and NON Map-Projected image-mosaic published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA - 20182) has been additionally processed, extra-magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then re-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 1-Ceres), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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