Art in space

NASA’s Juno spacecraft left Earth back in 2011, and arrived at Jupiter in July of 2016.  Since that time, the spacecraft’s so-called JunoCam has been taking batches of pictures every 50 days or so as it orbits the King of Planets.  NASA recently uploaded a batch of raw images to its Mission Juno web site, and invited those who were interested and so inclined to download them, process them in some way–color enhance them, make collages, etc.–and then share them.

Some of the images are extraordinary.

Jupiter (3)
NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran
Jupiter (1)
NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

High Above Jupiter's Clouds

I’m certain I’m not the only person for whom the above images conjured thoughts of this masterpiece:

Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh
The Starry Night (1889)
Oil on canvas
29 x 36 1/4″ (73.7 x 92.1 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NYC

How awesome is it that Photoshop has allowed me to do this?!

Starry Night special

Since arriving at Jupiter in 2016, Juno has been investigating the planet’s atmosphere, deep structure and magnetosphere, all of which can yield clues to the planet’s origin and evolution.

How fortunate we are, courtesy of Juno, to have glimpsed some beauty, too.


  • Rather glad I’m viewing these images on the laptop rather than the much larger desktop screen. I find them quite disquieting, particularly the third one. By comparison, H Bosch seems like a cartoon version of madness.

    The effect of your mash-up reminds me of that von Trier film about a huge asteroid smashing into the earth… Melancholia. Perhaps I need to either go to bed or open another bottle.

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    • They’re disquieting when you realize those swirls and whorls are clouds of toxic gas…the beauty comes from the contribution of color to the mix. (FYI: saw Melancholia and, despite NOT liking it as it was unfolding, stuck with it to the bitter end. The planetary collision at the end was the most striking–yes, pun intended–bit in the movie.)

      As always, B, thanks for engaging.

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