I remember, some time after Voyager 1 flew past Jupiter, of seeing a television show that played a movie of Jupiter’s bands of rolling clouds. I was mesmerized. Now, UnmannedSpaceflight.com member Bjorn Jonsson has re-mastered that data into a crisp, clear video. I find it just as mesmerizing! In his description, Jonsson says, “The movie is based on 58 orange-green-blue color composites obtained on every Jovian rotation from January 6 to January 29, 1979. Over this period Voyager 1’s distance from Jupiter dropped from 58 to 36 million km so the resolution and sharpness of the frames increases from start to finish. The 58 frames were tweened, increasing the number of frames by a factor of 8 (that is, 7 synthetic frames are inserted between each real frame).”
You can see more of Jonsson’s work at his website.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Processed by Bjorn Jonsson