Voyager ‘Blue Movie’

animation of rotating jupiter growing larger
March 9, 2018
PIA NumberPIA02855
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This is the original Voyager "Blue Movie" (so named because it was built from blue filter images).

It records the approach of Voyager 1 during a period of over 60 Jupiter days taking images of the planet at regular intervals. This sequence is made from 66 images taken once every Jupiter rotation period (about 10 hours). Notice the difference in speed and direction of the various zones of the atmosphere. The interaction of the atmospheric clouds and storms shows how the Jovian atmosphere is dynamic.

This time-lapse movie uses images taken every time Jupiter longitude 68 W passed under the spacecraft, and were acquired in the blue filter from Jan. 6 to Feb. 3, 1979. The spacecraft flew from about 36 million miles (58 million kilometers) to 19 million miles (31 million kilometers) from Jupiter during that time. Voyager 1 made its closest approach to the planet on March 5, 1979.

This time-lapse movie was produced at JPL by the Image Processing Laboratory in 1979.