Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Voyager 1 Jupiter approach movie

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An animation assembled from 58 images obtained by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from January 6 to January 29, 1979. The animation has been 'tweened' to increase the apparent number of images and the smoothness of the cloud motions. Jupiter's size is held constant even though the spacecraft's distance dropped from 58 to 36 million km from start to finish of the animation. The individual images were obtained one Jovian rotation (10 hours) apart and have been sharpened a bit to reveal more details.