Amateurs create a video journey to Jupiter

Jupiter video
The Great Red Spot from the “Journey to Jupiter” video. (Peter Rosén et al. via YouTube)

While NASA’s Juno orbiter is giving Jupiter its close-up, a new video based on more than 1,000 images taken by 91 amateur astronomers provides the wide-angle view.

“A Journey to Jupiter” shows how bands of clouds, great red spots and pearl-colored storms whirl in different directions around the giant planet.

The images were captured between December 2014 and March 2015, then collated and remapped into cylindrical projections, then color-corrected and seamlessly stitched together, and then spiffed up with additional space imagery and a soothing soundtrack.

See the video on GeekWire.

By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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