Get an eyeful of Jupiter’s awesome swirling splendor with this NASA 4K video

by on October 18, 2015

Stephan Jukic – October 18, 2015

As we’ve covered previously on more than one occasion, NASA is moving into the public relations and audience attraction value of shooting spectacular 4K ultra HD space videos in a major way, and one of the space agency’s latest pieces of exquisite footage is particularly breathtaking in the way it shows our Solar System’s largest, most colorful planet in the glorious detail of 4K ultra HD resolution.

Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, a large series of high resolution photos show Jupiter like you’ve rarely seen it before and NASA has taken the trouble to compile these photos into a single smooth 4K  UHD video of the vast stormy planet which lies at the inner frontier of our outer Solar System.

The photos taken by Hubble are part of NASA’s Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy Program, which is conducted each year and consists of Hubble shots of all the gas giants that orbit beyond the fringes of the Asteroid Belt. Thus, after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and finally Neptune are also on the list to have their family portraits taken.

The video, available for viewing below (make sure you have your YouTube settings set to 4K viewing if you have an ultra HD monitor on hand) was put together by NASA through the joining together and resizing of hundreds of images into one single fluid motion take of the immense planet in movement. Furthermore, the video also shows off a number of interesting discoveries that NASA has made about Jupiter through the use of the Hubble telescope. Among these new reveals, we have 150 miles of shrinkage from last year’s size in the Great Red Spot, a vast storm with nearly the diameter of two Earths and 350 mile per hour wind force.

Additionally, the Great Red Spot is growing lighter in its inner core, which is another indication that the storm might actually be slowly dissipating. In other words, at some future date, quite likely beyond the scope of any current normal human life-time, there is a chance that the always-there Red Spot of Jupiter might literally fade into history.

Most importantly of all, as these fantastic new photos and the resulting video crafted from them show, Hubble itself is still going remarkably strong. More than 25 years since its launch into deep orbit, the telescope continues to offer genuinely new astronomical data to the scientists of NASA and other around the world.

The beautiful Hubble-generated photo compilation turned to 4K video is above but if you’d like to see more impressive space videos in ultra HD from NASA, you can look forward to a new 4K TV channel from the agency which broadcasts space videos in pure ultra HD resolution. The station is planned for launch by the beginning of 2016 and will be available for 4K streaming online for free to anyone in the world with a powerful enough internet connection.

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