You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Closest Look Yet at Occator Crater, Ceres

Occator Crater is the mesa or large butte with a flat top located in the lower right hand corner of the image. It has been puzzling scientists since Dawn approached Ceres because its brightness was so intense that people were speculating if light could somehow actually be emanating from within the body. Many details are now visible in the boundaries between the bright and dark material but it is not yet clear if the lines are runoff, splatter or some other process yet to be understood.

One Response to “Closest Look Yet at Occator Crater, Ceres”

  1. Petr Says:

    I just discovered your work on Flickr and I was really stunned! I am a geology student with a great interest in planetary geology or geology of the solar system. I have an account here and I would love to use your planetary images. I make my own website, where I write about planetary bodies (all the solar system planets, some moons and minor planets). What a shame that there are only very few of your images on Flickr. This way, I would like to ask you whether it would be possible to upload all your images on Flickr where I could easily share them on my website using the HTML embedded version (of course you´d be fully credited, along with NASA). Please send me an e-mail. My website is just my own science popularization project I work on in my free time and for free. I would really love to use your images as illustrations to inspire more people who are interested in planetary geology.

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