Model of Jupiter 1 June 1971


The first model of Jupiter, done solely from telescopic views of the planet, taken at the Catalina Observatory 61 Reflector telescope. Paint and pastel.  Scale of the oblate globe was 1:300,000,000.  South up in this view.  The polar regions had never been seen at this time. The oblate globe was created with a lathe to match Jupiter proportions .  After this time, images from the Lunar and Planetar Laboratoy were projected on a blank version in order to better see the results. Before that all images of the planet were studied flat.  This was completed in 1973. by Ralph Turner.  Others were made after spacecraft imagery became available.

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