New Still Photos of Jupiter Are Set into Motion Against a Cinematic Soundscape

Juno Junocam Jupiter flyby

Photo: NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

Ever since reaching its destination in July 2016, NASA's Juno spacecraft has captured the imaginations of space lovers worldwide. Recently, on May 19, 2017, Juno conducted its fifth close-up flyby of Jupiter, snapping a new series of photos along the way.

Juno's orbit sets it on a path around the planet once every 53 days, including a swing around just 2,200 miles from the gaseous planet's cloud tops. The spacecraft's JunoCam, which has a 58-degree field of view, once again photographed the flyby for two hours. The resulting RAW images, which took 1.5 days to download, are, as always, available to the public as part of NASA's public outreach.

Now, the time-lapse images have been transformed into moving videos thanks to a collaboration between Sean DoranGerald Eichstädt, and Avi Solomon. Doran stitches together colorized images by Eichstädt and sets them in motion, with Solomon adding the cinematic soundtrack. The results are dramatic, sweeping views of Jupiter that celebrate the majesty of the planet. Appropriately, one video even includes a voiceover by Carl Sagan.

These animated Jupiter videos were created using images from JunoCam's RAW images of Juno's latest flyby.

h/t: [Colossal, PetaPixel]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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