Jupiter | Third Juno Close Flyby

The Juno spacecraft successfully made a third close flyby of Jupiter on 11 Dec 2016. It was initially captured in orbit on 4 July 2016 as I noted in this blog post. The next close pass will be in early February. This brief animation illustrates a close flyby as Juno skims barely above the cloud tops of Jupiter.


On board Juno is a video camera called JunoCam. During the passes, JunoCam captures images which are sent to Earth. They are available to the public for download and processing. NASA hopes the public will use the images in creative projects. The creations can then be uploaded back to the JunoCam site for others to view.

I downloaded three images in Red, Green, and Blue of the south polar region of Jupiter. The video above shows Juno approaching over the north pole, passing very close to the equator, then receding below the south pole with each orbit. My three images were taken when Juno was directly below Jupiter’s south pole.

Using Photoshop, I opened the three RGB files, adjusted them for intensity, them combined them into this color composite. The program allowed me to adjust the saturation of many different colors across the face of the planet for enhancement. I uploaded it back to JunoCam. The colors are not realistic. But they do show the differences and circulations more readily. That was fun.



20 thoughts on “Jupiter | Third Juno Close Flyby

  1. Hmmm! Jupiter’s atmosphere is made up of vanilla! I’ll never look at bright Jupiter the same way again. Thanks Melanie!! I really liked your composite Jim. It is amazing what can be shown when photos are separated into different colours. Of course, much can be ascertained from the colours of the stars and galaxies captured through telescopes. I know this is different, but there is several sites with pictographs in the area. They were made by the Ktunaxa people hundred of years ago. I have taken many pictures of them and accentuated, sharpened and separated the photos into RGB. It is amazing what can be seen. Of course, no mysteries are solved. More likely, we are left with more questions. However, if we can ever figure out a way to grow rice on Jupiter. I’m heading there with a big spoon. I love rice pudding!

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      • Hi Jim, I used to work for the Akisqnuk First Nation. One of my jobs was documenting sacred areas. I will have to do a blog post about some of the pictographs in the future. It sounds like Melanie makes a wonderful rice pudding! Bob


      • I hope you do that post.

        Yes, the pudding is really good. Be sure you and Lisa try it. We’ve used white rice in the past. A couple of years ago we bought a bag of mixed rices from CostCo. It was used this time in the pudding adding more flavors and texture. We still have some of that bag left. It’s like the never ending bag of rice.


      • Lisa and I have a huge bag of Panko Crumbs from Costco. I have no idea why we bought it. Lisa said it was because it was such a deal, but how much breaded fried food can two people eat? At least rice keeps. Bob

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    • My rice pudding is baked rather than cooked on stove top. It is lovely and custardy. Here is the basic recipe: 3 slightly beaten eggs, 2 cups milk, 1.5 cups cooked rice, .5 cup sugar, .5 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ground cinnamon. Mix up everything in a bowl except cinnamon. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for half hour at 325 F. Stir and sprinkle with cinnamon. Continue baking another half hour (or more) until a knife inserted halfway between the center and edge comes out clean. (Do not use this method to wash your knives.) In truth it always takes well more than an hour to set. Eat while it is warm and feel all your cares slip away, at least for a moment.

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      • That’s very close to my Swedish grandmother’s recipe for rice pudding. Hers had cardamom instead of the cinnamon, but otherwise the ingredients and process are close. It always was a dessert on the Christmas table, along with the pies and other treats.

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      • Thanks for the recipe Melanie! It sounds delicious! After reading, both Lisa and I commented that it is high time we had some rice pudding. Don’t feed so much to Jim that he spends too much time on the couch. After seeing his incredible ISS solar transit photos, I am hoping he will capture Santa and his sleigh transiting the moon on the big night! Take care.

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  2. Your work with the photos always is interesting. Did you happen to read that there were some photos taken from inside Saturn’s rings recently? I saw people talking about it on Twitter, but there weren’t any photos included at that time. These amazing results of technological development are (dare I say it?) out of this world. 🙂

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