This brand-new picture of the Red Planet’s next-door neighbors was taken throughout a time when there’s more dust in the air on Mars.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover sometimes stops to stargaze. Recently, it caught a shot of Earth and Venus in the Red Planet’s night sky.
Curiosity intended its Mast Camera, or Mastcam, at the paradises about 75 minutes after sundown on June 5, 2020, the 2,784th Martian day, or sol, of the objective. A two-image golden panorama exposes Earth in one frame and Venus in the other. Both worlds look like simple determines of light, owing to a mix of range and dust in the air; they would typically appear like extremely brilliant stars.
The short picture session was partially to assess the golden brightness: During this time of year on Mars, there’s more dust in the air to show sunshine, making it especially brilliant, stated Mastcam co-investigator Mark Lemmon of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
“Even moderately bright stars were not visible when this image of Venus was taken,” Lemmon stated. “Earth also has bright twilights after some large volcanic eruptions.”
When Curiosity’s Mastcam imaged Earth and its Moon in 2014, the color and brightness of the sky were substantially various than from these latest images since of all the high-altitude dust in the Martian air today.
At the bottom of the brand-new images is the top of a rock function called Tower Butte in the “clay-bearing unit,” which Curiosity has actually been checking out for more than a year. Since landing in 2012, the rover has actually caught blue Martian sundowns and passing asteroids along with Mercury and Mars’ 2 moons, Phobos and Deimos, transiting throughout the Sun.