NASA has published a unique photo of the sun’s rays breaking through the clouds on the evening Mars.
The picture was taken by the Curiosity probe on the evening of February 2. This was reported on the NASA website.
At the time of the photo, the Sun sank below the horizon and the rays of its light shone the clouds.
This was the first time the sun’s rays could be seen so clearly on Mars, NASA said.
The space agency emphasizes that Martian sunsets are extremely capricious. This image was taken during the rover’s latest study of twilight clouds, based on the probe’s earlier observations of the noctilucent clouds of Mars.
While most of the Martian clouds hover above the ground at an altitude of no more than 60 km and are composed of water ice, the clouds in the latest images give up at a higher altitude, where it is especially cold. This means that these clouds are composed of carbon dioxide or dry ice, NASA notes.
NASA also released another image taken by Curiosity on January 27th. On it you can see a multi-colored cloud in the form of feathers.
When illuminated by sunlight, some types of clouds can create an iridescent effect called an iris, NASA notes.
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