Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mars: Mysterious "Spidery Black Things"

You are 200 miles directly above the Martian surface — looking down. This image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010. (The color was added later.) What do we see? Well, sand, mostly. As you scroll down, there's a ridge crossing through the image, then a plain, then dunes, but keep looking. You will notice, when you get to the dunes, there are little black flecks dotting the ridges, mostly on the sunny side, like sunbathing spiders sitting in rows. Can you see them?

Martian plain from 200 miles up.
Michael Benson/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/Kinetikon Pictures
What are those things? They were first seen in 1998; they don't look like anything we have here on Earth. To this day, no one is sure what they are, but we now know this: They come, then they go. Every Martian spring, they appear out of nowhere, showing up — 70 percent of the time — where they were the year before. They pop up suddenly, sometimes overnight. When winter comes, they vanish.

More - Link >>>

Source: National Public Radio.


Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director,
Friends of the Zeiss < >
Electronic Mail - < >
< >
Twitter: < >
Facebook: < >
Blog: < >
Author of History Web Sites on the Internet --
* Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh:
< >
* Adler Planetarium, Chicago:
< >
* Astronomer, Educator, Optician John A. Brashear:
< >
* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries:
< >
* Civil War Museum of Andrew Carnegie Free Library:
< >
* Duquesne Incline cable-car railway, Pittsburgh:
< >
* Public Transit:
< >

No comments:

Post a Comment