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Notes about cylindrical maps and perijove passes

We create cylindrical maps from the telescopic images supplied by our amateur astronomers, and we update them every 2 weeks. Jupiter has a dynamic atmosphere where winds in the belts (brown) and zones (white) go in opposite directions. Storms develop and evolve, and other atmospheric features come and go. With each new map, we move all of the POI markers — sometimes POIs disappear, sometimes they get torn apart.

In its 53 day orbit, Juno spends most of the time distant from Jupiter. The spacecraft swoops from the north to the south pole in just 2 hours, which we call a "perijove pass". That means that the images JunoCam can take are restricted to a swath of longitude – we will not be able to select from all the points of interest every orbit. On the Voting page we will say which POI's are likely to be within our field of view on a given perijove pass and you will participate in the selection of which POI's to image.

We will have a conversation on every perijove pass about which POIs to image, and the debate will be based on the threads of discussion associated with those POIs. 

General Comments

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  1. comment by Inti-17 on 2017-02-22 16:17 UT

    When the Juno mission launched, i was absolutely ecstatic at the idea of what the mission may reveal. Ever since i was little I fantasized about space and creation. I always thought of the cosmos as part of my spiritualism. Now that pictures are coming back my mind is blown. I love that nasa is allowing the public to vote for picture location.

  2. comment by Danae-67 on 2017-02-09 18:25 UT

    Amazing complexity and sharp differentiation of cloud colours/materials at this resolution.

    Would have been interesting to have Juno watch the progression of the NEB disappearance in 2010.

    Any clues as to why NEB was submerged but SEB remained?

  3. comment by Asada-94 on 2017-02-09 11:15 UT

    Breathtaking image processing by Petersmith-84:


    Keep the good work lads!

    Thank you so much!

  4. comment by rodv92 on 2017-02-08 11:57 UT

    ~0° deg Inclination pictures ?

    Is it projected to have pictures taken at ~0° deg inclination during closest perijove ? it seems that most of what i see in junocam raw, are images taken normal to the orbit. It would be nice to see the cloud/atmosphere interface in a next shot. By the way if such images exist, i did not find them....