Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:39 am
Possibly non-av and even non-terrestrial... but maybe still of interest to some forumites.
NASA launched the Juno probe almost 6 years ago and it subsequently arrived in orbit around Jupiter about a year ago.
Images taken by 'JunoCam' are released to the public in their raw form and several "people with nothing better to do with their time" have processed these to create enhanced versions which are quite striking to the eye.
examples here and source page here.
The other instruments on Juno are not optical and JunoCam has little science value. It has a resolution of about 2 Mpixels - almost ridiculously low compared to modern phones - but is doing very well so far to survive the harsh radiation environment. With a wide angle lens, it images the entire Jupiter visible disc when Juno passes through 'perijove' - it's closest approach point to Jupiter. But as a science outreach project and by making the raw images available to the public it is capturing people's imagination
I find the unprocessed images themselves impressive, but some of the artistic photoshoppery that has gone into the processed ones puts them in another category.
You can of course debate whether artificially enhanced images retain any scientific value, but the same argument can apply to e.g. any Hubble image which have also all been processed - or indeed our own eyes - who is to say whether what we perceive is 'the truth'(TM)?
Anyway... the link to GA?
Jupiter has the biggest storm in our solar system!
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