Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 9, 2016

Unnamed Crater on 1-Ceres (EDM)
Unnamed Crater on 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) obtained from yesterday's beautiful and, just as usual, very suggestive Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on March, 20th, 2016, that showed us a truly small portion (actually, the S/E one) of a relatively large and - so far - Unnamed Impact Crater that is characterized by prominent Spurs of compacted (and - of course - unknown, in origin) Material as well as (but, as matter of fact, NOT very visible) Gullies along its Rim.

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 Original Image Resolution was roughly 120 feet (i.e. about 36,576 meters) per pixel (---> Picture Element). The Original View was centered at about 20° North Latitude and 337° East Longitude.

This picture (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 20577 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 82) 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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