Nasa’s Juno spacecraft shared its first images of Jupiter while in orbit in July, and we already have a fresh batch to gawp at.
The new images have been snapped at a time when the stormy planet is not visible to astronomers on Earth, making them a particularly rare addition to the gallery.
The shots were taken using the JunoCam camera, with one being taken every 15 minutes.
The JunoCam is a colour, visible-light camera designed to capture pictures of Jupiter’s poles and cloud tops. As Juno’s ‘eyes’, it provides a wide view, helping to provide context for the spacecraft’s other instruments.
The shots show our solar system’s largest planet during a period of the year when its orbit brings it too close to the sun to be visible from Earth.
Anyone who wants see more of Jupiter can browse through all of the 1,744 images. Note that these are unprocessed RAW photo files, so will need a bit of work to clean up.
Nasa’s Gerald Eichstädt has developed an automated image processing pipeline from the RAW images and put them on YouTube, as seen below. He’s stretched the contrast to reveal the moons, but quality has suffered as a result. YouTube compression hasn’t helped, either.