Van Gogh Painting or Newly Processed Images of Jupiter?

NASA’s Juno mission has been sending raw images of Jupiter in a series of flybys since July 2016. The mission has relied on the public to process and edit and even get creative with these raw images from the JunoCam. So far, that delivery has resulted in something quite unique and beautiful since their first publication in May 2017.

The most recent series of this these raw images became available after Jupiter’s ninth flyby on December 16. Processing and piecing together the images of Jupiter has practically become an art form. The below images, from “citizen scientists”- so dubbed by NASA-  Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran, are positively post-impressionist.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran

Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”










Maybe the lines in these Jupiter images aren’t quite the strokes of Vincent van Gogh, but they do make me think of Art History class. Actually, the blue image above captures Jovian clouds in the northern hemisphere of the planet.

Below is an image of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, also processed by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran, from November 2017. See the full Juno gallery here.

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran


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