There are plenty of examples in the music world where a cover of a song is strikingly different from the original and still interesting. Take the song You Spin Me Round, which cracked the top 5 all over Europe and North America when Dead or Alive released it. (Click for video.) 15 years later, Dope released a cover of the song in a completely different style, with an incredibly different feel. Take a listen:
It’s a pretty good cover. It’s interesting to listen to, it’s decidedly different from the original, and it’s still instantly recognizable. But by time I get to the end of the song, I have a hankering for the original.
Well, the same thing happened to me this weekend with the Planet Jupiter. The New Horizons spacecraft, on its way to Pluto, just passed by Jupiter. While passing by, it took this time-lapse video of Jupiter rotating.
(Thanks, APOD.) It’s definitely interesting to watch another planet rotate, and it’s fantastic that we have a brand new video of Jupiter doing just that from up close.
But the original is better. More than 30 years ago, in 1979, the spacecraft Voyager I approached Jupiter. Over the course of about 4 weeks, it took a picture of Jupiter every 9.8 hours or so: the amount of time it takes to make one complete rotation. When they made a time lapse video of those 66 images, you could see so much more, including how the individual bands rotated, how the great red spot evolved, which areas spin clockwise and which areas spin counterclockwise relative to the surface, and how turbulence forms in the atmosphere. Take a look.
Amazing that we were able to produce this video in 1979, more than 30 years ago! And that’s some weekend eye candy for you.