Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Jupiter Unplugged
Posted on 03/02/2012 3:53:19 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Five hand drawn sketches of Jupiter were used to create this beautifully detailed flat map of the ruling gas giant's turbulent cloud tops. Made with colored pencils at the eyepiece of a 16 inch diameter telescope, the original drawings are about 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. The drawn planisphere map dimensions are 16x8 inches (40x20 cm). Observing on different dates in November and December of 2011, astronomical artist Fred Burgeot has relied on Jupiter's rotation to cover the planet's complete circumference. Digital animator Pascal Chauvet has also translated Burgeot's drawings into an intriguing video (vimeo), synthesizing a telescopic view of the rotating planet with a tilt and phase appropriate for the observing dates. The video includes the Galilean moons moving along their orbits, beginning with Ganymede and Io casting shadows as they glide in front of Jupiter, followed by Europa and Callisto passing behind the planet's banded disk.
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[Credit & Copyright: Frédéric Burgeot]
Have a great Friday and weekend, all!
Gosh...that “Red Spot” is a Hurricane the size of three earths.
Kind of puts FLORIDA in perspective.
Takes a mighty big car to leave skid marks like that.
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