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Jupiter Atmospheric Map
Jupiter Atmospheric Map
 
 

Jupiter Atmospheric Map
Date: 14 Jan 2007

Huge cyclonic storms, the Great Red Spot and the Little Red Spot, and wispy cloud patterns are seen in fascinating detail in this map of Jupiter's atmosphere obtained 14-15 January 2007 by the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI).


The map combines information from 11 different LORRI images that were taken every hour over a 10-hour period -- a full Jovian day -- from 17:42 UTC on 14 January to 03:42 UTC on 15 January. The New Horizons spacecraft was approximately 72 million km (45 million miles) from Jupiter at the time.


The LORRI pixels on the "globe" of Jupiter were projected onto a rectilinear grid, similar to the way flat maps of Earth are created. The LORRI pixel intensities were corrected so that every point on the map appears as if the sun were directly overhead; some image sharpening was also applied to enhance detail. The polar regions of Jupiter are not shown on the map because the LORRI images do not sample those latitudes very well and artifacts are produced during the map-projection process.


Last Update: 13 Dec 2011 (AMB)

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute



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Last Updated: 13 Dec 2011