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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 Vanguard-1 on 2017-12-12 04:54 UT

    Anyone know what time Perijove 10 is on Dec, 16th? (Is it just me or is it weird that this info in not available anywhere on the website and perijove is only 5 days away?)

    • comment by Maquet-80 on 2017-12-13 22:19 UT

      Perijove-10 is 2017 DEC 16 17:56:58 UTC

  2. comment by Cglick on 2017-12-05 17:52 UT

    How about a red spot close up flyby

    • comment by Vanguard-1 on 2017-12-12 04:55 UT

      They did one in July. Images are here on this website. Also nice animation using Juno data was released today.

  3. comment by Turnbull-90 on 2017-11-09 16:25 UT

    Can we download the highest resolution images NASA has?

    • comment by Candy on 2017-11-10 02:26 UT

      Yes, just go to the image processing section of our website.

  4. comment by Tournefort-29 on 2017-10-24 14:59 UT

    Dear NASA; Juno Mission;

    excuse me for the not so correct English, but I also have a speech defects in my own native language, for some reason. I would like to ask is it good idea when we have a long-term extraterrestrial scientific space mission to a cosmic body, different than the Earth, for example like space missions to Moon; Mars; Jupiter; Saturn; asteroids and comets; and beyond, we should have installed on the board of the Space Craft a routine necessary Scientific Tools like:

    1. An Inner Camera view from the interior of the space craft. I think it would be very interesting to have an inner observation. Will there be a space crystallization; space patina;

    space oxidation; space micro-particles; space dust inside the spaceship when the mission is lasting for 5-10-30 and more years.

    2. An Inner Camera Micro Observation Window and a Calibration Target Tool next to it when the mission is lasting for 5-10-30 and more years. The tool could be similar to the MSL MAHLI, JUNO Mission LEGO Minifigures experiments; or the ISS HDD Viewing experiment. In this way it will be cool; realistic and really interesting to share; watch and participate in those future epic space journeys.

    • comment by Candy on 2017-11-10 02:27 UT

      This is an interesting idea!

    • comment by Tournefort-29 on 2017-11-23 12:27 UT

      Thanks Giving me an Answer dear JUNO SPECIALIST Candy! I guess it is time to shuffle the things a bit. You must know that I am not a Optical Specialists and Lens Specialist. I will try to re-arrange the Micro-Observation Window Tool concept and centralize the window somehow, so to be possible to position the rest of the experiments around it equally. In this way the specially designed Digital Camera with a Specially Designed Lens will be able to observe the Experiments and the Planetary Window together. As soon as I have a new concept, I will share it again here.

      Anyway, does anyone from the Citizens Science Community is interested in how the 'D' Letter Blueprint were designed and have been invented. Sure, the windy atmosphere and the Vortexes of Jupiter are interesting and important, but the 'D' Letter is also as much as important as them. Without the 'D' Letter we wouldn't have words like Donuts; Democracy; Dollar; Digital; Diversity; Disney; Donald; Duck; Drum; Dream; Day; Denmark; and many more than a Dozens Different words.

      We just can imagine how the ancient humans were finger-pointing into the dark skies with an exactly Half-Moon on it and were perhaps saying something neandertalic like 'THE' or 'D', and than someone have just decided that this image with the Half-Moon should be named 'D'. So, here I am presenting some sort of Digital-Color Experiment on the 'D' Letter and Jupiter combined.

      Well, that is it for now. Happy Planetary Thanks Giving Day across the Globe!