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    Cool New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Earth is a miraculous being. We have lived on this planet for centuries and still haven’t learned of all its magnificent depths and crevices. Yet, beyond the mysteries of our own home, we have the beauty of the stars to consider, which inevitably leaves us wondering, what else is beyond this blanket of darkness and twinkling lights? While we have discovered much about our solar system and neighbouring planets, there is still plenty more to learn.

    In 2011, Nasa launched a space probe called Juno which is currently orbiting Jupiter. Juno finally began its scientific investigation of the planet when it entered orbit on July 5, 2016. The mission aims to learn more about how the planet formed, its composition, the amount of water present within the deep atmosphere, and its mass distribution. It will also measure its deep winds, which have been noted to reach speeds of up to 618 kilometers per hour (384 mph), and its gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere.

    On July 10, Juno completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot during its sixth science orbit. “For generations people from all over the world and all walks of life have marveled over the Great Red Spot,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “Now we are finally going to see what this storm looks like up close and personal.”

    On Friday, September 1, the JunoCam collected more images of this magnificent gas giant from its seventh science orbit, and NASA put the raw images online. In the following photos you will see what seems to be a large storm cutting into the side of the planet, creating a rather lovely pattern, along with amazing closeups of the clouds, a shadow on Jupiter caused by one of its moons, and hurricanes making their way across the planet. As an additional treat, there is also a video stitching together images as Juno flew over Jupiter.

    Juno’s missions is scheduled to end in July 2018 but the mission could be extended if all continues to go well.

    Enjoy!


















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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Awesome, but I suspect these are airbrushed or heavily retouched. Nothing wrong with that, as these pics are beautiful, but most views of our solar system are doctored by NASA.

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Quote Posted by Daozen (here)
    Awesome, but I suspect these are airbrushed or heavily retouched. Nothing wrong with that, as these pics are beautiful, but most views of our solar system are doctored by NASA.

    Yep. Couple of those look like something out of a Van Gogh collection.

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Didn't Ingo swan remote view Jupiter before any mission was sent to the planet? Or was that Saturn? I recall the only thing he didn't view that's been verified (as of yet) was crystals in the atmosphere.

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    I don't trust anything put out by the gatekeepers called NASA ... just saying , we have no idea what NASA altered ...
    Raiding the Matrix One Mind at a Time ...

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    Thumbs up Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Here is an image of Jupiter I captured Aug.2012 using an 11" SCT, 4X PowerMate Lens and Canon 60D DSLR.
    That it a LOT of magnification from a backyard setup...
    There are much better ones out there by amateur and professional astrophotographers.
    In comparison, my image sucks!
    LOL!
    My point being, whether the images in the OP are doctored or not, Jupiter is quite the planet to behold...enjoy the beauty of it and quit with the negative spin about everything for heaven's sake already...it does get old.
    LMAO!



    Here's one of the Moon that I took with the same setup except no 4X PowerMate, only the Canon at "prime focus", i.e. attached to the telescope.



    Probably my "best" Saturn:



    The Orion Nebula (M42), same setup, no PowerMate lens, just the camera mounted to the 11" SCT:
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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Awesome dynamo. Awesome. The pictures have some false color added to them but the raw data, all that detail, is real.

    I got to go to the U of Arizona at Tuscon about 20 years ago for an adult astronomy camp. We toured the mirror making facility and then headed off to the top of Mt Lemmon to look through a 61 inch F14 cassegrain telescope. Incredible experience. We looked at the Orion nebula, Eskimo nebula, Rosette nebula, and then turned the scope on Jupiter and Saturn. The image filled the field with more detail than I had ever seen in any photograph. The human eye picks up more detail. I saw similar images to what is in these pics. Not as much detail, but lots and lots of swirls and storms. That scope was made to scout lunar landing areas for Apollo. Color variations were subtle. Especially on Saturn.

    I have a 29 inch scope in an observatory on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. I have spent hours and hours looking at the night sky with that scope. It is so big you can see dark nebula in the milky way. I could show you a view of M22, a magnificent globular cluster, that fills the field. Add on a binocular viewer and the scene looks 3D. Lots of depth and layers of stars. Every person who has looked thru it says "Oh wow". Every one. Brings a smile to my face. I am wowed each time I look too. Astronomy is a great hobby. I just wish I had the skies that are out in Arizona.

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Amazing, dynamo!! Can't believe how good your "back yard" photos are!! I agree about the VanGogh comparison!! Simply gorgeous!!

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

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    Awesome dynamo. Awesome. The pictures have some false color added to them but the raw data, all that detail, is real.

    I got to go to the U of Arizona at Tuscon about 20 years ago for an adult astronomy camp. We toured the mirror making facility and then headed off to the top of Mt Lemmon to look through a 61 inch F14 cassegrain telescope. Incredible experience. We looked at the Orion nebula, Eskimo nebula, Rosette nebula, and then turned the scope on Jupiter and Saturn. The image filled the field with more detail than I had ever seen in any photograph. The human eye picks up more detail. I saw similar images to what is in these pics. Not as much detail, but lots and lots of swirls and storms. That scope was made to scout lunar landing areas for Apollo. Color variations were subtle. Especially on Saturn.

    I have a 29 inch scope in an observatory on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. I have spent hours and hours looking at the night sky with that scope. It is so big you can see dark nebula in the milky way. I could show you a view of M22, a magnificent globular cluster, that fills the field. Add on a binocular viewer and the scene looks 3D. Lots of depth and layers of stars. Every person who has looked thru it says "Oh wow". Every one. Brings a smile to my face. I am wowed each time I look too. Astronomy is a great hobby. I just wish I had the skies that are out in Arizona.
    Thank you Enigma3!
    Indeed, it is a great hobby and I too wish I had the dark skies in my backyard.
    I am in a "Bortle 7" region .
    I do visit our local Observatory which is a Bortle 4-5 so some improvement but still not pristine by any means!
    Your 61" experience is a "Bucket List" item for myself, no doubt!
    The 29" is a Dobs, I suspect, so purely visual and no imaging, correct?
    It would be quite the mount to track a scope that large LOL!
    I agree, even with a good pair of Binos, globular clusters look 3-D.
    Heck even with some of my Tele-Vue Ethos lens with their wide FOV makes M13 (Hercules) pop 3-D like on a still and clear night!
    I also enjoy the "oh wows, Saturn actually does have a ring" and other such funny comments from the neighborhood kids, some funnier ones from their Parents!!!
    Thanks again and glad you enjoy the hobby as well!

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    Amazing, dynamo!! Can't believe how good your "back yard" photos are!! I agree about the VanGogh comparison!! Simply gorgeous!!
    Thank you Foxy lady.
    Imaging is no easy feat and takes a lot of patience, practice and perseverance.
    It is not simply "point and shoot" as one might think.
    The rewards, however, are quite worth it, IMO.
    Visual observing is very rewarding as well, of course, but should be done at a dark sky location for best results.
    If you are thinking of astronomy or astrophotography, it may serve you best to visit a local astronomy club before running out and buying equipment.
    There is soooo much to choose from and the experienced members at a club usually have no vested interest in one brand or another but will give you tips on what to use to get the best results you are looking to achieve.

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    The 29" was originally a Coulter Dobsonian. Then some folks in Oklahoma made a sturdy equatorial mount. I converted that to an alt/azimuth mount when the software became good. It now has 24" Byers gears and will soon be driven by a Servo Cat system. Eventually it will have a camera mount, but I much prefer visual observing.

    One of the best views of a planet I have had was Saturn with no rings. I have used 1200 power on the moon. 2 craters! The Saturn nebula at 500 power is awesome! Very green with big ansae. I have had 7 galaxies (in Virgo) in the field.

    Since I prefer looking, I have accumulated a world class set of eyepieces, in 1 1/4, 2", and bigger. Mainly German, Zeiss, Leitz, Dr Optik with some Brandon, Masuyama and others.

    Here's a good story for everyone. There is a man, Don Yeier, who lives close to me and had an astronomical auction around 15 years ago. He is the owner of Brandon eyepieces, said to be the best planetary eyepieces made. There was an interesting eyepiece at that auction with a pre-auction estimate of 600-900 dollars. It was a Leitz eyepiece off an old X-ray machine in Canada with a 3 inch barrel. I dropped out at $1400. It sold for $1500 to a man in Oregon. A year later I saw Don at the Northeast Astronomy gathering in Suffern NY and mentioned that if that eyepiece ever came available I wanted it. He said it was available and he would sell it to me at the auction price of $1500. SOLD! He told me that an heir to the Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookie family bought it, used it as a paper weight for a year and grew tired of it! It had the original auction sticker still on it! Amazing. It is a 70mm with a humongous field of view. I can, thru the 29", get the Trifid and Lagoon nebulas in the same field!

    If you're a night person it is a great hobby.

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Quote Posted by ghostrider (here)
    I don't trust anything put out by the gatekeepers called NASA ... just saying , we have no idea what NASA altered ...
    I agree, totally. They were never trustworthy, so why would they be now?

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    I'm not in the know about Jupiter, are those images of the opposite side to where the great red spot is? or has it suddenly gone now?
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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Quote Posted by Daozen (here)
    Awesome, but I suspect these are airbrushed or heavily retouched. Nothing wrong with that, as these pics are beautiful, but most views of our solar system are doctored by NASA.
    Totally agree, or leave out the ones were NASA is trying to hide something Hahahaha!

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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Quote Posted by Sunny-side-up (here)
    I'm not in the know about Jupiter, are those images of the opposite side to where the great red spot is? or has it suddenly gone now?
    Go to the second from the last photo in the OP and I think that shows a nice portion of the eye.
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    Default Re: New images of Jupiter are in, and they’re awesome

    Heads up for all night sky lovers.

    Jupiter is amazing in the sky right now. Low, clear and very bright.

    My night sky at least (Scotland) has it in the south west. I live in the middle of costal, rural nowhere and the night skies are often beautifully clear here. I've never seen Jupiter so clearly as tonight.
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