Voting Round :

PJ6 Encounter

CLOSED : 2017-05-11 17:00:00
Perijove on : 2017-05-19 06:00 UT
About This Round
At PJ6 the orientation of the Juno spacecraft will be optimized for gravity studies, to understand more about the interior structure of Jupiter. That means that we will have radio contact with the spacecraft throughout the perijove pass. That in turn means that we will be able to downlink data the entire time, and we won't be limited by our onboard storage so severely.
Given this situation, we would like to increase the number of images in the polar timelapse sequence to study the intriguing motions of the storms around the poles. We will also be able to take just as many images on the pass across the midlatitudes and equator as we did on PJ5 - so we expect to be able to collect just as many images of Points of Interest that you vote on! Help us with that selection by weighing in on which sites you think are most important and, of course, voting.
Perijove Predict Map
About Perijove Predict Maps

Every perijove pass we have the challenge of predicting where Points of Interest will be as the different zones of the planet have different wind velocities. This map shows our effort to rotate the latitudinal zones with their different wind speeds to predict what will be under the Juno groundtrack.

Winner Selection
We had 20 Points of interest to select from for the PJ6 swath.

We started the process of generating image commands as soon as the voting closed. We looked first at the predictions of what time an image would need to be taken to get a particular POI. We have constraints on how closely together we can take images, because an image must be moved from the camera to the spacecraft computer before we take the next one. That means if targets are closer together in time than 90 sec we combined them. We took the time that corresponded to the higher priority target, but we will get the other POI's in the image.

This time the POI’s were close enough together in latitude that we were able to get all of them! It also helped that the spacecraft will be in contact with the earth transmitting data throughout the flyby, so we had more data volume to work with on this pass.

The list of POI’s we will image in order of the votes they received is as follows, with the “+” indicating targets we combined:

A whirl of a pearl + String of Pearls
The darkest spot + A multi-colored band
little greenish place + Hotspot + Hotspot tail
The big red stripe
Scott polar cap
Gas Irregularity + Spot of Brahman
Carl Sagan’s jawbreaker + South tropical zone
Things seem quiet in the south + Southern FFRs
Southern edge of northern FFRs
Great polar spot
Cloud ripple
Belt-zone border
Maximus Spatium

These images will be available after we get "C kernels" which is a file with the spacecraft orientation as a function of time. This data is necessary for us to process the data before we put it on the website. It takes two days for us to get that data from the navigation team. Perijove 6 is on Friday, May 19, so we expect to start posting the images on Tuesday, May 23.

Candidate Points of Interest

Voting has closed for this round. View results in the POI list below. Be sure to keep an eye on the Processing Gallery for images of POIs selected during this round of voting taken by the JunoCam!
Cylindrical map generated from data submitted via the JunoCam Planning section.

Voting Round Discussion

General discussion about this round.


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  1. comment by Garabedian-49 on 2017-05-10 18:32 UT

    Still a Whirl of Pearl :)

  2. comment by imagtek on 2017-05-08 14:24 UT

    I am amazed that the turbulence trail and its transition to linear flow trailing the Great Red Spot is not a continuing point of interest. It appears that it is, in fact, corkscrewing a stable zone on a vast planetary scale; i.e. the influence of the GRS circles the entire planet at its latitude. This is, to me, unprecedented and amazing.

  3. comment by Villanueva-74 on 2017-05-06 11:27 UT

    I would love to see the greenish place because I didn't know Jupiter even had the color green on it's surface.