Photos Of Mysterious Smoky Clouds That Rise On Mars Are Revealed – So Is Their Cause

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NASA’s Mars InSight lander and Curiosity rover have been doing a lot of skygazing and they sent back some pretty impressive images of clouds.

It’s already a known fact that it doesn’t rain on Mars, but CNET writes that we might be a little closer to figuring out how can this cold Red Planet have such interesting cloudy days.

Taking a closer look at Mars’ clouds 

Recent research has been conducted by Victoria Hartwick who is a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder and she took a closer look at the mysterious clouds that are forming in Mars’ middle atmosphere at about 18 miles above the ground.

“Clouds don’t just form on their own,” Hartwick said. “They need something that they can condense on to.”

The secret might be “meteoric smoke,” icy dust that forms when space rocks are flying into the planet’s atmosphere.

NASA’s Curiosity captures clouds on Mars – NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University

There are several tons of space debris that typically crashes into Mars on a daily basis and Hartwick says that as meteors fall, the dust goes flying.

On our planet, the particles of dust can act as seeds that water vapor condenses around to form the clouds. It has just been revealed that a similar action could be happening on Mars as well.

It’s also been reported that researchers have run computer simulations of the atmosphere of the planet.

The clouds appeared in the simulations only when the team included meteors in the calculations. The team published the findings just the other day in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Taking a look at the Mars clouds can offer scientists more details about how its atmosphere interacts with its climate and at the same time is also gives us clues about its warmer, wetter past.

The images of Mars’ clouds are indeed something soothing to watch as you can see in the tweet above.


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