Planets and Moons  ID: 3617

Inner moons of Jupiter Push In to Europa

This visualization starts showing the orbits of Jupiter's inner moons (Europa, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, Amalthea, Thebe, Adrastea, and Metis). As the orbits procede we begin to zero in on Europa. Other moons and orbits fade away as we push in to Europa filling the screen.

This visualization was created in support of the Science On a Sphere film called "LARGEST" which is about Jupiter. Mulitple layer offset 120 degrees from each other are intended to overlay the orbits. A Europa label is provided so that it can be faded out in post production. A separate layer for Jupiter is also provided so that the other moons and orbit trails can also be faded out, leaving only Jupiter.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Ernie Wright (UMBC): Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Victoria Weeks (HTSI): Video Editor
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Producer
Amy A. Simon (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
JPL/Horizon Orbital Ephemerides
Ephemeris - NASA/JPL - 2009/10/03 to 2009/12/19
Planetary ephemerides
Cassini/Imaging Science Subsystem also referred to as: Cassini/Jupiter imagery
Mosaic - Cassini Imagery/Central Laboratory for OPerations - 2000
Cassini/Jupiter imagery
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Dates of Data Used:
Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Io textures: unknown dates

This item is part of these series:
Science On a Sphere
SOS Production - LARGEST

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