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, posted to YouTube by Europlanet, showed intricately woven swirls and tops that researchers said looked like cupcake icing.
“This computer animation shows flight over a landscape of filtered, red-processed image data collected by JunoCam, the wide-angle visible-light imager of NASA’s Juno spacecraft, as it flew overhead Jupiter at 43 degrees near him.” , said the text. Comment on the post.
Watch the video below:
according NEWS WEEKGerald Eichstadt, a citizen, scientist, and superspace image processor led the animation project. Researchers used JunoCam data to create digital elevation maps of cloud tops.
Mr. Eichstadt said that the Europlanet declaration.
He presented the project results at the Europlanet Science conference in Granada. Eichstadt also explained that the latter method has opened up new opportunities for deriving 3D elevation models of Jupiter’s cloud tops. He added that “the images of the wonderful chaotic storms on Jupiter seem to come to life and show clouds rising to different heights”.
The researchers believe the digital cloud model can also help scientists improve their understanding of the chemical composition of clouds. “Once our data is calibrated, through further measurements of the same cloud tops, we will test and refine the theoretical predictions and get a better 3D picture of the chemical composition,” the citizen scientist said.
Juno was launched in 2011. It has been exploring the gas giant since 2016. The spacecraft orbits the planet in a highly elliptical orbit and completes an orbit every 43 days. Earlier this year, Juno made its closest approach to Jupiter, just over 3,300 km above the planet’s cloud tops.
The spacecraft was originally scheduled to retire in 2021, but now Juno will continue to operate until at least 2025.