Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 28, 2016

Almost in the Darkness... (CTX Frame)
Almost in the Darkness... (CTX Frame)

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

This beautiful Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on February, 7th, 2016, shows us an Unnamed Cerean Impact Crater located at a - relatively - high Southern Latitude. A smooth Blanket of Ejecta surrounds the entire Crater. Furthermore, many small and medium-sized Boulders can also (as a matter of fact, just "barely") be seen around the Crater's Rim, as well as on the (truly tiny) sunlit (---> illuminated by the Sun) part of its Floor.

The view is centered at approximately 68° South Latitude and 78° East Longitude. The NASA - Dawn Spacecraft captured the scene during its Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (or "LAMO", for short), from an approx. altitude of 240 miles (such as about 386,2416 Km) above the Surface of 1-Ceres. The Image Resolution is roughly 120 feet (i.e. about 36,576 meters) per pixel (---> Picture Element).

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 20407 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 52) 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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