Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 14, 2016

Unnamed Craters in the High Northern Latitudes of 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)
Unnamed Craters in the High Northern Latitudes of 1-Ceres (CTX Frame)

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

This very suggestive Contextual Image (or "CTX Frame", for short) of the Dwarf Planet 1-Ceres, taken by the NASA - Dawn Spacecraft on March, 22nd, 2016, shows us two medium-sized and still Unnamed Impact Craters (one, quite old, that is visible toward the Northern portion of the landscape, and another one, likely way more complex and much younger, that is found to the South) which are both located at high Northern Latitudes of this beautiful Dwarf-Planet.

The Original View is centered at approximately 76° North Latitude and 165° East Longitude. The NASA - Dawn Spacecraft captured the scene during its Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (or "LAMO", for short), from an approx. altitude of about 240 miles (such as roughly 386,2416 Km) above the Surface of 1-Ceres. The Image Resolution is approx. 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 20666 - DAWN LAMO Image n. 86) 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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