Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 25, 2015

Mid-Southern Latitudes of 1-Ceres
Mid-Southern Latitudes of 1-Ceres

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

This new and beautiful (just as usual...) Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on December, 10, 2015, shows us a small portion of the Mid-Southern Latitudes of this truly mysterious Dwarf Planet. The Area shown here is located at approximately 38,1° South Latitude and 209,7° East Longitude, around a Major Crater Chain known as Gerber Catena.

Many of the Troughs and Grooves existing on 1-Ceres (some of which can be seen here) were - most likely - formed as the final result of Impacts, but others, in fact, appear to be Tectonic in origin (this meaning that they reflect Internal Stresses of 1-Ceres that were strong enough to break the its Crust).

The NASA - Dawn Spacecraft took this image during its Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit from an approximate distance of 240 miles (such as about 386,2416 Km) from the Surface of 1-Ceres.

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 20186) 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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