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Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem – Narrow Angle
Feature: Jupiter’s Southern Hemisphere
"This color map of Jupiter was constructed from images taken by the narrow-angle camera onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 11 and 12, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during its flyby of the giant planet. Cassini was on its way to Saturn. It is the most detailed global color map of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere ever produced; the smallest visible features are about 120 kilometers (75 miles) across.
Maps of Jupiter’s north and south hemispheres are composed of 36 images: a pair of images covering Jupiter's northern and southern hemispheres were acquired in two colors every hour for nine hours as Jupiter rotated beneath the spacecraft. Although the raw images are in just two colors, 750 nanometers (near-infrared) and 451 nanometers (blue), the map's colors are close to those the human eye would see when gazing at Jupiter.
This southern hemisphere map shows a variety of colorful cloud features, including parallel reddish-brown and white bands, the Great Red Spot, multi-lobed chaotic regions, white ovals and many small vortices. Many clouds appear in streaks and waves due to continual stretching and folding by Jupiter's winds and turbulence. The polar region is not clearly visible because Cassini viewed it at an angle and through thicker atmospheric haze"
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute/ESA. Click here for image page.