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New look at Mars’ ultraviolet nightime glow

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Every night on Mars, when the sun sets and temperatures fall to minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit and below, an eerie phenomenon spreads across much of the planet’s sky: a soft glow created by chemical reactions occurring tens of miles above the surface.

In a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Milby and his colleagues set their sights on understanding the phenomenon. The team’s findings show how this light display ebbs and flows over Mars’ seasons.

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“The behavior of the Martian atmosphere is every bit as complicated and insightful as that of Earth’s atmosphere,” said Schneider, also a professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences.

Milby added that, like on Earth, those dynamics can shift with the seasons.

Milby also found something he wasn’t expecting in the data: an extra-bright blob of nightglow that appeared and disappeared from almost exactly above 0 degrees longitude and 0 degrees latitude on Mars. The researchers still aren’t sure why Mars is glowing so much at that unusual spot–it may have something to do with the shape of the terrain underneath.

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Source: https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/a-new-look-at-mars-eerie-ultraviolet-nighttime-glow/134622

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PlasticWeave

I literally spend hours a day watching **** about space and the universe so I live for this rn :lolly:

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ice bear

so mars should be renamed dionysus cus it looks like a grape

 

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Lord Temptation

Our future home :kara:

Because we’re f*cking up Earth :excuseu:

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IllusionLover

Mars, now serve for the gods :bye:

"and in the death of her reputation, she felt truly alive" -T.S.

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