Maps of Jupiter’s south polar region (JunoCam and ground-based)

The following four ZIP files contain polar projection maps of Jupiter’s south polar region from JunoCam (2016-2020, PJ1-PJ26) and from amateur ground-based observers (2018 & 2020).  These maps were used in analysing the structure and dynamics of the south polar region, as reported in a paper submitted for publication (2021 March):  ‘Flow patterns of Jupiter’s south polar region’, by J.H. Rogers et al.  Full details are in the paper*. 

The JunoCam maps are in polar azimuthal equidistant projection with planetocentric latitude scale.  The images were created by the JunoCam team and the maps by Gerald Eichstädt and John Rogers. At every perijove, Gerald produces polar projection maps of all the individual images and John assembles these into composite maps.  Maps at early perijoves were not produced as systematically as at later ones, and the first CH4 map herein is for PJ9.

One set of JunoCam maps is in colour (RGB), with the edges set at 60°S; the second set is in the 889-nm methane band (CH4), with the edges set at the equator.  The third set consists of four TIF files which are pairs of RGB maps that can be blinked to show the wind patterns.  These are Supplementary Figures for the paper: Suppl.Figs. S1b (PJ15), S2b (PJ16), S3b (PJ17), & S4b (PJ21). 

The ground-based maps are in polar orthographic projection with planetographic (2018) or planetocentric (2020) latitude scale, produced using WinJUPOS The images were created by the observers as named and the maps by Andy Casely, Rob Bullen and John Rogers. They are stacked TIF’s of multiple maps, either in RGB or in near-IR.


The maps are provided under a CC-BY licence: “The CC BY licence allows anyone to: copy, distribute and transmit work. adapt work. make commercial use of the work under the condition that the user must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests they endorse the user or their use of the work).”

I.e. these maps are in the public domain but should always be credited as indicated; and we ask that anyone wishing to use them for research or commercial purposes would contact us first. 

*This paper has now been published:

J.H. Rogers, G. Eichstädt, C.J. Hansen, G.S. Orton, T. Momary, A. Casely, G. Adamoli, M. Jacquesson, R. Bullen, D. Peach, T. Olivetti, S. Brueshaber, M. Ravine, S. Bolton. ‘Flow patterns of Jupiter’s south polar region.’  Icarus 372, paper 114742 (2022 Jan.; online, 2021 Nov.). 

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