Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 22, 2016

Canyons and Cratered Plains near Urvara Crater (EDM)
Canyons and Cratered Plains near Urvara Crater (EDM)

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

This is an Extra Detail Magnification (or "EDM", for short) of yesterday's interesting Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on December, 19, 2015, that showed us a few gently curving Canyons located amid highly Cratered Plains. The image is centered at approximately 31° South Latitude and 259° East Longitude, just to the North of the large and (relatively) well known Urvara Crater.

The original photo was taken during its Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (or "LAMO", for short) and from an altitude of approx. 240 miles (such as about 386,2416 Km) from the Surface, with a resolution of roughly 120 feet (such as about 36,576 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 20299 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 9) 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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