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Ephemeris Extra – Amateur astronomers produce a “Journey to Jupiter” video from 1,000 images

May 14, 2017

This is impressive!  This is on YouTube, but read the explanation from Peter Rosén’s Planetary Society post which also has the video.

NASA requests the assistance of amateur astronomers to observe and record Mars, Jupiter and Saturn to help in observing these planets.  Usually satellites are too close to see the planetary big picture.  And besides amateur astronomers outnumber planetary scientists about a gazillion to one.  They’re the ones to discover storms on these worlds and communicate heads up to either view them from satellites or hunker down as in the case of the solar-powered Opportunity rover.

Thanks to the Planetary Society for the heads up.

Frame from A Journey to Jupiter

A frame from A Journey to Jupiter showing a time-lapse of Jupiter’s rotation and how the belts and zones move at different rates. Credit: The 91 amateur astronomers provided the over 1,000 images to make this video.

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