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February 5, 2019 9:29 AM   Subscribe

Perijove 16: Passing Jupiter (SLYT)

Via Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive:

Explanation: Watch Juno zoom past Jupiter again. NASA's robotic spacecraft Juno is continuing on its 53-day, highly-elongated orbits around our Solar System's largest planet. The featured video is from perijove 16, the sixteenth time that Juno has passed near Jupiter since it arrived in mid-2016. Each perijove passes near a slightly different part of Jupiter's cloud tops. This color-enhanced video has been digitally composed from 21 JunoCam still images, resulting in a 125-fold time-lapse. The video begins with Jupiter rising as Juno approaches from the north. As Juno reaches its closest view -- from about 3,500 kilometers over Jupiter's cloud tops -- the spacecraft captures the great planet in tremendous detail. Juno passes light zones and dark belt of clouds that circle the planet, as well as numerous swirling circular storms, many of which are larger than hurricanes on Earth. As Juno moves away, the remarkable dolphin-shaped cloud is visible. After the perijove, Jupiter recedes into the distance, now displaying the unusual clouds that appear over Jupiter's south. To get desired science data, Juno swoops so close to Jupiter that its instruments are exposed to very high levels of radiation.
posted by mandolin conspiracy (11 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Some of the polar-region cloud formation remind me of Art Nouveau, Van Gogh, and marbled book endpapers.
posted by GenderNullPointerException at 9:42 AM on February 5

That was rather jolly.
posted by octobersurprise at 9:54 AM on February 5 [1 favorite]

Gah. Juno, previously.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:58 AM on February 5

posted by odinsdream at 10:05 AM on February 5

That was rather jolly.

Jupiter is the bringer of jollity, after all.
posted by Johnny Assay at 10:05 AM on February 5 [2 favorites]

By Jove!
posted by slater at 10:39 AM on February 5

Fantastic! Oh, what glorious imagery, and what appropriate audio.
Thank you so much, mandolin conspiracy.
posted by doctornemo at 11:04 AM on February 5

Holst FTW. I could listen to The Planets on repeat for days.
posted by humboldt32 at 11:23 AM on February 5

That's not your life SOP?
posted by Quasirandom at 11:29 AM on February 5

Are those could formations 3d? At some points it looked that way. I wish there were a stereoscopic version of this.
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:07 PM on February 5

Are those could formations 3d? At some points it looked that way. I wish there were a stereoscopic version of this.

To get a true stereoscopic effect you'd have to have cameras that are sufficiently far apart that they "saw" sufficiently different views, which means that you have to be sufficiently close to the object you're viewing relative to the distance between the two views. Those clouds might look pretty close, but they're 4200 km away at perijove—roughly the distance from NYC to San Francisco. I think that the 3-D perception you might get from this video is mostly due to motion parallax.
posted by Johnny Assay at 11:55 AM on February 7

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