Citizen scientist creates awe-inspiring close flyby video of Jupiter

Date:15 October 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gil recently created an awe-inspiring video that depicts Jupiter in a unique and fascinating way. Gil managed to create a video that recreates what it might have looked like to ride along with the Juno spacecraft as it performed a close flyby of the giant gas planet by using images from NASA’s Juno mission.

The Juno spacecraft was launched in 2011 and has spent most of its life orbiting the mysterious giant planet. The spacecraft’s mission is to study Jupiter via a number of instruments, one of which being the JunoCam, a device used to capture high-quality images of planet as the spacecraft performs a close flyby.

During its 27th-closest flyby, the Juno spacecraft came within approximately 3,400 kilometres of Jupiter’s cloud tops. An approach this close meant Jupiter’s powerful gravity accelerated the spacecraft to tremendous speed, about 209,000 km/h relative to the planet. It was during this most recent flyby that the spacecraft managed to capture the images used by Gil to create his video.

According to NASA, Gill created his video using data from the spacecraft’s JunoCam instrument. The sequence combines 41 JunoCam still images which were digitally projected onto a sphere. Gill then used a virtual “camera” to provide views of Jupiter from different angles as the spacecraft speeds by.

Take a look at this creation below:

Picture: Screenshot/ A flight over Jupiter

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