Trippy infrared flyover of Jupiter's swirling north pole


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Eight, you say? Spooky coincidence - my planet has eight too:

(although they’re a bit disrupted at the moment, as the planet seems to be running a fever)


Suddenly, I want pizza.


Earth is just years away from producing the same!


Oooo I did not know that!



Real question though: on a gas giant of a planet, what constitutes the “surface”?


Sorry, this is all I can think about when I see this video. Now I’m hungry.



They’re not some CGI mockup

I wouldn’t go that far. A probe gathered the data, but the visualization is entirely computer-generated, including the movement through it.

Honestly, I don’t know what isn’t CGI in astronomical imagery these days. Even what seems to be a straight-up photo is usually stitched together, might include non-visible spectrum data, or is otherwise a merging of various data sets collected over time. Which is fine, but I find myself less impressed by it.


The “lush” detail is in fact just a height map visualized with a 3D surface. I.e., this is not what clouds on Jupiter are actually shaped like. And this is not what clouds on Jupiter are colored like, since this is not a true-color image, it’s an infrared one scaled to visible frequencies.

Still pretty neat, but compare to this real-as-hell video of coronal mass ejections from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.




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