Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 27, 2016

On the Limb of 1-Ceres (EDM)
On the Limb of 1-Ceres (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 simply fascinating Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on January, 4th, 2016, that showed us a Region located in the Mid-Southern Latitudes of this intriguing Dwarf Planet. In this EDM we can see some unbelievably steep and squared Rupes located near an ancient Impact Crater known as Fluusa Crater. The truly uneven Limb of 1- Ceres can only be partially seen here (look at the upper right - Dx - corner of the frame).

The Original Frame was centered at about 35° South Latitude and 174° East Longitude. The NASA - Dawn Spacecraft captured the scene during its Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (or "LAMO", for short), from an approx. altitude of approx. 228 miles (such as about 366,929 Km) above the Surface of 1-Ceres. The Original Image Resolution was roughly 151 feet (i.e. about 46,0248 meters) per pixel (---> Picture Element).

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 20387 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 33) 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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