Wow! What a great job by Kevin Gill the citizen scientist who produced this beautiful image of Jupiter using data from the JunoCam aboard the Juno spacecraft. I think this is the best JunoCam submission so far, really good. You can click the image above for a larger view and go to the JunoCam site to see the full sized version and it is worth it – seriously have a look. Happily, you might disagree about this being the best so far; after all there ARE quite a few to choose from.
Don’t forget — YOU can also try your hand at working with the JunoCam data to create images like this. In fact NASA has gone out of their way to make it easy, When you have something you like you can even upload them to share on the NASA site. How? Easy, just go to the JunoCam Image Processing Gallery and click on the Submissions Guidelines link.
Here’s the original caption:
Colorful swirling cloud belts dominate Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
Jupiter appears in this color-enhanced image as a tapestry of vibrant cloud bands and storms. The dark region in the far left is called the South Temperate Belt. Intersecting the belt is a ghost-like feature of slithering white clouds. This is the largest feature in Jupiter’s low latitudes that’s a cyclone (rotating with clockwise motion).
This image was taken on Dec. 16, 2017 at 10:12 PST (1:12 p.m. EST), as Juno performed its tenth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 8,453 miles (13,604 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of 27.9 degrees south.
The spatial scale in this image is 5.6 miles/pixel (9.1 kilometers/pixel).
Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager.
JunoCam’s raw images are available at www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam for the public to peruse and process into image products.
More information about Juno is online at http://www.nasa.gov/juno and http://missionjuno.swri.edu.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages JPL for NASA.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill