Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 10, 2016

Highly Cratered Region on 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)
Highly Cratered Region 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 Framing Camera onboard the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on January, 2nd, 2016, shows us several Unnamed Impact Craters superimposed upon one another. The low Sun angle enhances the Topography of this densely Cratered Region and, as you can see, several Landslides have occurred on the Inner Wall of the largest Impact Crater, with (unknown) Material slumping down into the Crater's Floor (and subsequently being "peppered" by other small Impacts). One (truly) unusually-looking and Complex Unnamed Impact Crater (visible in the upper left - Sx - quadrant of the frame) will be better shown in tomorrow's EDM

The image is centered at approximately 78° South Latitude and 171° East Longitude. The original photo was taken during the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft's Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (or "LAMO", for short) and from a distance of approx. 242 miles (such as about 389,460 Km) as to the Surface, with a resolution of roughly 118 feet (such as about 35,9664 meters) per pixel.

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 20313 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 23) 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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