Jupiter’s Complex Storms


Jupiter’s Complex Storms This image was created from a image taken from the JunoCam camera on the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter on an unique circumpolar orbit. The camera is a “push-broom” type imager, generating an image as the spacecraft turns moving the sensor in sweeping motion over the observation area. It has a field of view of 58 degrees and can never get the whole planet in view although it come closest to doing this when it passes over the polar regions at a distance of 100,000km.  At its closest approaches JunoCam could achieve 15 km/pixel resolution from 4300 km, while Hubble has taken images of up to 119 km/pixel from 600 million km. The camera uses a Kodak image sensor, the KODAK KAI-2020, capable of color imaging at 1600 x 1200 pixels: less than 2 megapixels.

This is a detailed image of one of the complex convoluted storms that are widely found on Jupiter. If one was not told what it was it could be viewed as an example of a Van Gogh painting. It was taken on 12/16/17 on Juno’s 10’th orbit called Perijove 10 around Jupiter. Juno was at 49 degrees north latitude and a distance of 27,000km when the image was taken. The colors are enhanced and considerable work was done in Photoshop to bring out the detail.



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Optics: NASA JunoCam
Mount: NASA Juno Satellite
Camera: NASA JunoCam
Filters: none
Dates/Times: 12/16/2017, Perijove 10
Location: Juno Orbit around Jupiter
Exposure Details: Image taken on circumpolar orbit at 27,000km distance
Acquisition:  JunoCam
Processing: Photoshop CC2019