Jupiter’s North Temperate Zone


Jupiter North Temperate Zone This image was created from two taken from the JunoCam camera on the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter on an unique circumpolar orbi.t 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 image which shows part of the planet from a perspective of the northern temperate zone is a composite of two separate images taken from a distance of 9700km at a latitude of 39 degrees. The image shows the north polar region at the top but highlights the amazing convoluted storms that frequent the planet.



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Optics: NASA JunoCam
Mount: NASA Juno Satellite
Camera: NASA JunoCam
Filters: none
Dates/Times: 5/29/2019, Perijove 20
Location: Juno Orbit around Jupiter
Exposure Details: Combination of 2 images taken on circumpolar orbit at 9700km distance
Acquisition:  JunoCam
Processing: Photoshop CC2019