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sexta-feira, 6 de setembro de 2013

A solar eclipse and a day and night in Mars

The image below is a composition of photographs taken by the rover Curiosity, some weeks ago and they show one of the moons of Mars, Phobos, passing in front of the Sun.

Just in case you are wondering, the Sun when seeing from Mars is not yellow, it is of a very pale blue color, almost white, because of the distance and the atmosphere of Mars. About the moons, Mars has two, Phobos and Deimos. Both are not round because they don't have enough mass to gravity turn then into spheric bodies. So, even if it looks like a flying potato, it is not, ok?

Searching a little more about how the pictures were taken I found the video below, also recorded by Curiosity, almost one year ago. The video shows in high speed the transitions of day and night in Mars.

Well, I don't wanna sound like someone who only loves his own backyard or simply act like and asshole incapable of admire the fact that we are seeing all this from another planet and so on, but our solar eclipse and our sky with clouds (which Mars don't have, because there is no rain over there), are much more interesting to the eye, no?

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