Raging, planet-wide dust storms – like the one going on now – happen only every 6 to 8 years on Mars. Here’s how NASA spacecraft are studying it, plus a cool before-and-after video!
Side-by-side movies shows how dust has enveloped the Red Planet, courtesy of the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) wide-angle camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.
It’s bright. It’s red. It’s in the sky nearly all night. What is it!? It’s Mars, and it’ll shine brilliantly throughout July and August.
Mars is very bright now! And it's very red in color. This photo of Mars taken July 21 by Dennis Chabot of POSNE Night Sky
For more than 2 months, lava has been pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land. A compilation of photos and videos, here.
his sequence of images shows rapid subsidence of the caldera floor, along with the development of scarps. One photograph is shown per day between June 13 and 24. The photos were taken from the southern caldera rim, near Keanak?ko‘i Crater, and face north. Image via USGS.
We’re 1 week away from Mars’ 2018 opposition, best appearance of Mars since 2003. It’s extremely bright and very red, ascending in the east each evening now, crossing the sky for the rest of the night. Photos from the EarthSky community here.
Mars, from Tucson Arizona on July 19, 2018. Eliot Herman
wrote: "Mars is bright and dominates the sky as it approaches its close opposition
. Finally a clear night without monsoon clouds. This is a stack of images (every 5 minutes) acquired immediately after moonset, assembled and adjusted in Photoshop. Click here
for a deconvoluted version showing more stars. Nikon D850 20.0 mm f/1.4.