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.
“It has taken more than a year to complete this video that shows the motion of Jupiter’s cloud belts and the rotation of the Great Red Spot in high resolution, all accelerated one million times!” Swedish amateur astronomer Peter Rosén said in his YouTube commentary.
“It also shows the technical skills of the worldwide community of amateur planetary photographers to be able to reach this high level of detail that can be tracked across the planet during 250 revolutions,” Rosén said.
Be sure to watch “A Journey to Jupiter” all the way to the end so you don’t miss seeing the list of amateurs who contributed to the effort.
This latest Jupiter video follows up on an earlier time-lapse astrophotography project known as “Voyager 3,” which aimed to duplicate the 1979 flyby of NASA’s Voyager 1 probe: