Artist Mik Petter has created a vibrant new piece of art based on JunoCam images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS). The piece makes use of fractals, which are recursive mathematical creations; increasingly complex patterns that are similar to each other, yet never exactly the same.
The result is a portrait of the GRS that momentarily stuns the eye, inviting the viewer to take a new look at one of the Solar System’s most prominent natural displays. We’ve all seen the GRS, but never like this.
Humanity’s been watching the Great Red Spot for an awfully long time, and we have the images to prove it. A quick look at the Wikipedia entry for the Great Red Spot presents a sample of images, beginning with grainy pictures from Voyager 1 all the way up to close-ups taken by Juno’s JunoCam.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft carries the JunoCam imager, which captures images of Jupiter and makes them available for people to process and re-invent. NASA has invited everyone to access the images and make them their own, then share them in their gallery.
The JunoCam gallery contains hundreds of images of Jupiter. If you haven’t spent any time there, check it out.