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Astro-image of the day: Martian dust devil

Weather-porn plus Mars porn, cool:

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Best,
Chris

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saycestsay
Aug. 1st, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Whoa (channeling Keanu here.) That is amazing... is it the first recorded Mars weather? Cuz I haven't see pics or read stories of anything else, even the rumored ice.

But what does it mean? If dust devils, then... convection? Hot/cold air fronts, high/low pressure? Neat.
ericreynolds
Aug. 2nd, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
A year or so ago NASA had a video of a Mars dust devil. Mainly it was just a series of frames making a crude movie, but you could see the funnel traveling across the plain below the hill where Spirit was at the time. Fascinating.
mckitterick
Aug. 2nd, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! Video added.
mckitterick
Aug. 2nd, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Here's the animated .gif Eric mentions:
zitronenhai
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
ZOMG DOUBLEPLUS WIN! Space and weather converge! I think I'm having a weathermarsgasm!
mckitterick
Aug. 2nd, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Is that not awesome? Now see the movie of a dust devil I just added to this post!
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