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Jupiter from Voyager 2

Jupiter from Voyager 2

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NASA / JPL-Caltech / Björn Jónsson

Jupiter from Voyager 2

This is a mosaic of 12 color images obtained by Voyager 2 on July 5, 1979 from a distance of 4.5 million km. The resolution is 45 km/pixel. Each color image was composed from orange and violet images plus synthetic green. The end result is approximately natural color and contrast.

This mosaic shows a number of interesting details. There are fairly irregular filamentary cloud structures in the north polar region, gravity waves at several locations near the equator, brown barges can be seen, big and bright plumes, various small spots and ovals and a turbulent region at lower right that is just west of the Great Red Spot. And perhaps most interesting: Amalthea is visible at lower left (it's very dark).

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Björn Jónsson

Original image data dated on or about July 5, 1979

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