A group of scientists recently used NASA’s Juno spacecraft to produce stunning 3D displays that simulate how Jupiter’s raging storms appear from space. A short video, uploaded to YouTube by Europlanet, showed finely woven swirls and tips that the researchers said resembled the frosting on cupcakes.
“This computer animation shows a flight over a landscape of this type of red-processed, filtered image data collected by JunoCam, the wide-angle visible-light imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft, while flying near Jupiter 43,” the annotation for publication read. .
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according to NEWS WEEKGerald Eichstadt, citizen, scientist, and superspace imager directed the animation project. The researchers used JunoCam data to create digital elevation maps of cloud tops.
Mr. Eichstadt said that the Europlanet Declaration.
He presented the results of the project at the Europlanet Science Conference meeting in Granada. Mr. Eichstadt also explained that this latest method has now opened up new opportunities to derive 3D elevation models of Jupiter’s cloud tops. He added that “images of the wonderful chaotic storms on Jupiter seem to come to life and show clouds rising to different heights.”
The researchers believe that the digital model cloud could also help scientists improve their understanding of the chemical composition of clouds. “Once our data is calibrated, thanks to other measurements of the same clouds, we will test and refine the theoretical predictions and get a better 3D picture of the chemical composition,” said the citizen scientist.
Juno launched in 2011. It has been exploring the gas giant since 2016. The probe orbits the planet in a highly elliptical orbit, completing one orbit every 43 days. Earlier this year, Juno made its closest approach to Jupiter, reaching just over 3,300 km above the planet’s cloud tops.
The spacecraft was originally scheduled to retire in 2021, but Juno will now continue to operate until at least 2025.