Jupiter - Voyager 1
Aurora and possible lightning on Jupiter
This image of Jupiter was taken by Voyager 1 about 6 hours after closest approach on 5 March 1979.
The camera is looking back into Jupiter's shadow from a distance of 320,000 km. The north pole
is on the limb at upper center, and the light along the limb is an aurora. The bright spots near
the center and bottom of the frame are thought to be lightning, displaced diagonally due to
scan platform stepping during the long (3 minute 12 second) exposure. They may be auroral
in nature, but are much brighter than would be expected for such features.
Jupiter is 71,492 km in diameter and north is at roughly 1:30.
(Voyager 1, P-21283)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1979-03-05
Distance/Range (km): 320,000
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Area or Feature Type: aurora, lightning
Instrument: Wide Angle Vidicon Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): N/A
Instrument Field of View (deg): N/A
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: P-21283
Other Image ID number:
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A
Updated 27 February 2003, DRW.