Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 10, 2016

Ninsar Crater (CTX Frame)
Ninsar Crater (CTX Frame)

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

This extremely clear Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on February, 12th, 2016, shows us a large portion of the extremely ancient and unusually-looking (for several reasons, and one above all - look, for instance, at the Inner Slopes of the Crater, in between 11 and 12 o'clock -, that you may find for yourself...) Cerean Impact Crater known as Ninsar Crater, which is located in the Northern Hemisphere of this fascinating Dwarf-Planet. Ninsar Crater was so named after a Sumerian Goddess of plants and vegetation.

The view is centered at approximately 30° North Latitude and 265° 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 20558 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 63) 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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