Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 29, 2016

Almost in the Darkness... (EDM)
Almost in the Darkness... (EDM)

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

Today's APOD is an Extra Detail Magnification (or "EDM", for short) obtained from yesterday's beautiful Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on February, 7th, 2016, that showed us an Unnamed Cerean Impact Crater located at a - relatively - high Southern Latitude. A smooth Blanket of Ejecta surrounds the entire Crater (look at yesterday's APOD).

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.

As you can see in this EDM, a now well known - even though unusually-looking - Image Artifact, that we have already spotted in the past, can be seen here in between 9 and 10 o'clock of the Crater. In fact, the Truth is part of our job, as IPF, no matter what some (often disgusting and deeply ignorant) "people" can say...

The Original View was 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 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 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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