If you think our weather is bad at the moment, imagine what it is like at the North pole of Jupiter! The images in this story, that have come from Juno, demonstrate how advanced 3D imaging is becoming and how it is being used across a wide range of applications and industries.

Juno is a spacecraft that has been orbiting gaseous giant, Jupiter, part of which is the Juno InfraRed Auroral Mapper (or JIRAM). Scientists have been working with JIRAM have produced an animation to convey a “clear, three-dimensional look at the immense swirling cyclones that comprise Jupiter’s polar vortex, which – up until Juno – were usually shrouded in shadow or lost from view due to the angle we see the north pole from, here on Earth.”

The Weather Network describe the animation in detail:

“In this animation the viewer is taken low over Jupiter’s north pole to illustrate the 3D aspects of the region’s central cyclone and the eight cyclones that encircle it. The movie utilises imagery derived from data collected by JIRAM instrument aboard NASA’s Juno mission during its fourth pass over the massive planet. Infrared cameras are used to sense the temperature of Jupiter’s atmosphere and provide insight into how the powerful cyclones at Jupiter’s poles work. In the animation, the yellow areas are warmer (or deeper into Jupiter’s atmosphere) and the dark areas are colder (or higher up in Jupiter’s atmosphere). In this picture the highest brightness and temperature is around 260K (about -13 degrees celcius) and the lowest around 190K (about -83 degrees celsius). The Brightness Temperature is a measurement of the radiance, at 5 µm, traveling upward from the top of the atmosphere towards Juno, expressed in units of temperature.”

The 3D Measurement Company produce highly detailed 3D images using our market leading 3D optical scanning equipment and can be used for a wide range of applications including 3D measurement, 3D inspection and reverse engineering so if you have a project where you want to get a 3D view, why not contact T3DMC on info@t3dmc or on 01746 762251 and we will see if we can help.

 

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