JunoCam Jupiter Flyby Video
June 2, 2017 6:28 PM   Subscribe

Take three minutes and Flyby Jupiter.
posted by Rinku (29 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
That is awe-inspiring! Jupiter or a Van Gogh painting?

It really makes me think of the novel Solaris.
posted by SNACKeR at 6:37 PM on June 2 [3 favorites]

Beautiful. It is curious that by the end of the flyby, we can see massive storms along the equator about every twenty degrees or so of longitude for most of one hemisphere. Is that usual?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:38 PM on June 2

Jupiter or a Van Gogh painting?

The clue, I think, is that it appears to be a large planet.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:42 PM on June 2 [4 favorites]

The sheer amount of STUFF going on in those clouds is spectacular. I was wondering about those white spots, too, ricochet biscuit. They're incredibly evenly spaced & there must be some phenomenon that distributes them thusly. Really looking forward to reading some layperson-digestible writing about what we're looking at in the coming months.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:54 PM on June 2 [2 favorites]

The whole point of Juno was to look at the poles. Saturn has a fucking hexagonal cloud pattern at its north pole, so it's no surprise gas giants can set up these giant stable patterns. Consider that those white spots are about the size of, if not a bit larger, than the entire Earth.
posted by Bringer Tom at 7:02 PM on June 2 [1 favorite]

Consider that those white spots are about the size of, if not a bit larger, than the entire Earth.

I have considered that, and it obviously boggles my pea brain.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:05 PM on June 2 [3 favorites]

Mind. Blown.

It's a good thing that there's no way for me to go to Jupiter orbit; I'd just stare at the planet every second of every day.
posted by Zonker at 7:12 PM on June 2 [3 favorites]

Those spots, so regular, like portholes, at least in one portion, those areas convoluted like Byzantine roses, or satin fabric folds out of a renaissance painting, a seeming strong relationship with self, resisting the invisible winds to make regular forms in the outer sphere, edges; what a glorious entity.
posted by Oyéah at 7:14 PM on June 2 [1 favorite]

If you find the soundtrack is unnerving I suggest muting it and playing Holst's Jupiter instead.
posted by Emily's Fist at 7:20 PM on June 2 [2 favorites]

I am actually mad I will probably never see it up close.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:26 PM on June 2

Earth People
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:26 PM on June 2 [1 favorite]

(a far better soundtrack than the hackneyed 2001 soundtrack...)
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:27 PM on June 2

Oh my god. These are spectacular, where have I been for the last year???!!???
posted by lemonade at 7:28 PM on June 2

posted by introp at 7:31 PM on June 2 [9 favorites]

If there ever was or will be a video where the Ligeti Requiem is the appropriate soundtrack, this is it. (Nothing against Holst, but I'm just not getting a "Bringer of Jollity" vibe here.)
posted by Zonker at 7:32 PM on June 2 [7 favorites]

posted by Wolfdog at 7:36 PM on June 2 [1 favorite]

I really want someone to overlay this with a visualization of the invisible, crackling, sleeting, deadly, ionizing radiation fields.

Preferably rendered in a Kirby dots / FF origin "cosmic ray" slotted bars aesthetic.
posted by sixswitch at 7:47 PM on June 2 [3 favorites]

The regularity of the swirls in the dark middle band seems almost artificial. Utterly wonderful, I finally see a rational for one of those ginormous high def screens, wouldn't this make the most amazing wallpaper, as in literal room sized moving wallpaper. This is where one of those Bigilow space hotels needs to be located.
posted by sammyo at 7:54 PM on June 2

Meat bags like us will never see it up close. Even Juno has to dodge the radiation belts, and it's a machine, much less sensitive to the damage than we are.
posted by Bringer Tom at 7:55 PM on June 2 [1 favorite]

2001+16. Very Giger...
posted by jim in austin at 7:58 PM on June 2

Really looking forward to reading some layperson-digestible writing about what we're looking at in the coming months.
"I am an old man now, and when I die and go to heaven there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics, and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids. And about the former I am rather optimistic."
posted by roystgnr at 8:18 PM on June 2 [7 favorites]

Jupiter is so far out there away from the sun. My elementary and even college education led me to think that most of the energy in the system is from the sun, and inertia of motion, and the motion on the surfaces of those gas planets. I do not understand the why of the ionizing radiation, and some of the absolute regularity of that surface. If I were going to imbue it with character, then is the radiation defensive? Do you suppose it is still mad about that last nuclear strike we made there?
posted by Oyéah at 8:33 PM on June 2

Another choice for the soundtrack would be Mozart's Jupiter Symphony (Number 41).

I don't know why the white oval storms are regular. The bands and belts are regular. The Coriolis force diverts the winds into alternate directions. Something similar's on Earth, where in the continental U.S. storms generally go from southwest to northeast, whereas hurricanes further south start in the Eastern Atlantic and make their way west. But Jupiter's 12 times larger than Earth and its "day" I think is only about 10 hours.
posted by Schmucko at 8:43 PM on June 2

Nuclear strike on Jupiter? We dropped the Galileo probe 135 km in, a mere pinprick. Comet Shoemaker-Levy's 1994 collision with Mistah J resulted in 21 impacts, the largest of which released more energy than 600 times the world's nuclear arsenal.
posted by Schmucko at 8:47 PM on June 2

It's like you can see the Mandelbrot set in the clouds.
posted by edheil at 9:15 PM on June 2

I figured out why the music feels mismatched to me. What it actually sounds like is not Jupiter, but the Goya painting, Saturn Devouring His Son.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:31 AM on June 3

The description from the original youtube post fills in some blanks, in case you were wondering:

Published on May 19, 2017

On March 27, 2017, Juno performed her Perijove 05 flyby (PJ-05) with all instruments on, including JunoCam.
JunoCam images covered all Jupiter latitudes, but some parts only with very acute angles.
This computer animation uses the JunoCam images of PJ-05 as textures, and SPICE trajectory data in order to reconstruct the flyby as seen from Juno's perspective.
For each still image, the according raw JunoCam image has been used directly to reconstruct Jupiter's appearence from the respective trajectory point.
The pointing is specific to this animation. In reality, Juno is rotatating once each 30 seconds.
The movie is 125-fold time-lapsed relative to real time.
The movie consists of 2703 still frames, reconstructed from the 16 Perijove-05 images #99, #100, #101, #102, #104, #1ß5, #106, #107, #108, #109, #110, #111, #112, #113, #115, and #116.
Brightness flickering, and other brightness changes in the movie are processing artifacts.
The movie is almost completely illumination corrected with a heuristic method, and stongly enhanced, with gamma=8 relative to square-root encoding.
But some of the illumination was added again, after enhancement, in order to obtain a better three dimensional appearance.
Brightness is adjusted for each still frame individually by using the 99% percentile as a reference value for brightness correction.
The simulated field of view is 80x45 degrees. The projection of the still images is cylindrical/spherical.

The stills have been calculated from the raw JunoCam images and SPICE data using a proprietary software developed for JunoCam image processing.
The stills have been assembled to a movie with ffmpeg.

Credit: NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt
posted by Insert Clever Name Here at 9:51 AM on June 3 [4 favorites]

The Ligeti really is the only music that could do service here. Y'all do know that Holst's Planets Suite was based on astrology, right? It is wrong and sinful and not meet in any way for a Triumph of ScienceTM.

Juno's having quite an exciting mission - the engine firing to place it into the planned tight Jupiter orbit never took place due to a failed valve, so it's being left in its very elliptical post-arrival phase. This means it can't do a bunch of science as planned, but also that it may last a lot longer and do that science anyway, and possibly more besides.
posted by Devonian at 3:54 PM on June 3

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