Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 24, 2016

Occator Crater: the Bright Spots (CTX Frame)
Occator Crater: the Bright Spots (CTX Frame)

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

This simply beautiful picture (which is, in fact, an Image-Mosaic of several images obtained by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft) shows us the so-far unexplainable (from a Geological and Chemical point of view) Bright Central Spots located near the center of Occator Crater and which are shown here in Absolute Natural Colors.

Such kind of views can (also/among other things) be used to highlight subtle color differences of 1-Ceres' Surface. However, the - apparently (of course in our humble opinion, as IPF) - continuous modifications, in shape, morphology and consistency, of the aforementioned White Spots, is another mistery of this - always - fascinating, and truly hard to understand, Dwarf-Planet.

This frame (which is a crop obtained from 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 20355) 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 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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