Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Movie of the Day: Phoenix films Martian ice-clouds

Wow, more visuals of water on Mars! Below is a short movie of the Martian sky filled with water-ice clouds similar to Earthly cirrus. In fact, lately the Phoenix lander has observed many such clouds nearby. Is water really so common on Mars? Well, not necessarily; because it's "warm" Martian summer now here near the north pole, lots of water-vapor evaporates to form clouds. Because summer's peak is nearing an end, Phoenix should soon see a decline in cloud-cover.

Still, coool! (Get it? Heh.)

Click the image to see the story.

Tags: astronomy

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