Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Jupiter from Voyager 2

Jupiter from Voyager 2
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).

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Björn Jónsson

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