Mysterious Dust Cloud, ‘Christmas Lights’ Surrounding Mars Has NASA Scientists Puzzled « CBS San Francisco

March 18, 2015 11:28 PM

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Mysterious Dust Cloud, ‘Christmas Lights’ Surrounding Mars Has NASA Scientists Puzzled « CBS San Francisco

COLORADO (CBS SF) — NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Spacecraft (MAVEN) has observed some puzzling atmospheric phenomena above the red planet. One of them has been billions of years in the making.

Just five days before Christmas, MAVEN saw a bright auroral glow in Mars’ northern hemisphere. We see aurorae at the highest latitudes on Earth — the northern and southern lights — when energetic particles crash into our atmosphere and cause the gas to glow. However, Earth’s light show pales in comp...

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