Paint the Sky
Any chump with a telescope can take a picture of a planet, galaxy, or nebula (okay, maybe it’s not that easy, but go along with me here). Fred Burgeot isn’t content with photos. He studies these astronomical bodies, really gets to know them, you know? And then he draws them. His collection is incredible.
I think that’s a brilliant way to appreciate, say, Jupiter’s intricate and evolving banded swirls, or each razor-thin layer of Saturn’s rings, or the spectrum of countless grays that color our own moon.
Burgeot has even created a flat map of Jupiter’s stormy textures, so we can appreicate every whorl and woosh in one view:
You want that texture map as an animation? Pascal Chauvet has you covered:
Of course, I still love actual Jovian images. Check out this incredible time-lapse GIF of an orbiting Jupiter as it would look from its moon Io, by Redditor bubbleweed: