A weird glowing light and a new crater have been discovered on Mars in pictures

So many strange things are happening on the Red Planet!

NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured a mysterious glow on Mars. Meanwhile, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered a brand-new crater on the surface of the Red Planet.

A mysterious glowing light has been photographed by Curiosity rover on Mars. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars mysterious glowing light

On the new rover’s photograph taken on June 16, 2019 (Sol 2438), there is a strange light floating above the planet’s surface.

That may be a new proof of alien life…

So, what is going on here?

Curiosity has been roaming the surface of Mars since 2012, sending back tons of pictures including selfies as well as other anomalous lights.

It could be as simple as a shiny rock catching and reflecting the Martian sunlight, or it could be cosmic rays. It may also be lens flare from the camera. 

The strange photo was taken by the right Navcam on the rover, while the left was apparently shooting a selfie.

The before and after images taken by the camera do not show any glowing blob of light.

The scene taken at 03:53:46 UTC on 06-16-2019. NASA/JPL-Caltech 
The same scene taken at 03:53:59 UTC on 06-16-2019. NASA/JPL-Caltech 
The scene taken at 03:54:12 UTC on 06-16-2019. NASA/JPL-Caltech 

That must have been a really fast spacecraft, isn’t it?

The bright spot is more likely a cosmic ray, a charged particles that whizz around the cosmos and occasionally collide with things, as according to NASA, they pop up in images Curiosity sends home each week.

But still I want this to be aliens!

New Mars crater discovered looks like an anus

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered a brand-new crater on the surface of Mars. Photo: NASA/JPL/UofArizona

According to first conclusions, the crater was created by a solid rock probably around 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide as it hit the Red Planet in a region called Sinai Planum, just south of the most impressive canyon in the solar system: the Valles Marineris. The crater formed sometime between September 2016 and February 2019.

The enhanced color image shows dark streaks and a blue feature on the pale red terrain of Mars. Does it really looks like an anus?

Well I would recommend a visit to the doctor to clarify what exactly those blue and black streaks are.

The strange darker regions

For now, planetary scientists are struggling with the origin of the darker regions in the image. According to HiRISE team the black material is likely basalt, while the blue parts might be water ice.

Another hypothesis is that the streaks of material stretching away from the center of craters on Mars are caused by powerful tornado-strength winds, with speeds reaching up to 800 kilometers (500 miles) per hour, scoring the surface as they move.

We better know this Red Planet Mars before we start colonizing it…

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