I use a modified Canon EOS 20D to capture infrared images, which are then processed in Adobe Lightroom. I shoot in RAW, and the images, when imported, are various shades of red – as would be expected. From this state they can be converted to monochrome (either shades of gray or other subtle variations) or to false colour images. There are various ways of doing a monochrome conversion. One way I have found useful is to create and apply a camera profile.
You can, of course, use a single image cropped to a panoramic format. To start with, try a crop of 3:1. Align the “surface” of the planet along the vertical centre of the image.
Firstly when creating your initial panoramic image make sure that the images that make up the ends of your final image look similar. They don’t have to be identical as we will tidy them up so that the wrap looks nice.