It’s hot at its south pole Mars, And angels and devils are coming out to play. You can see them both in a new stunning image of a recently molten pole by the European Space Agency (ESA).
The devil, it must be said, is made of dust. As is going on Earth, Martian dust devils Form when a pocket of warm air suddenly rises through a column of cool air, forming a spinning updraft. (Unlike Earth, these dusty cyclones can be up to 6 miles, or 10 kilometers, high). You can see the scratch-scratch tracks of such a cyclone in the dark area of this area to the far left of this image.
And as for the fairy? To clarify, we must turn to heaven. Look at the “halo” around the angel’s head, and you’ll see the steep, sloping walls of an impact crater. According to a statement From the ESA, this ethereal feature is the product of a meteorite collision that reveals a deep moat in the crust of the red planet, the formation of a crater and layers of ancient sediment beneath.
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Those old layers turn dark red and appear in this image through the heart-shaped structure under the angel’s body as well as under her right wing. Scientists are not sure what this red colored stuff is made of. These strange, dark-colored reserves are found throughout Mars and, according to the ESA, are believed to be the result of ancient volcanic activity buried beneath long-time Martian crusts. Erosion, asteroid impact and strong winds have gradually brought these mysterious red marks to the surface.
The image was captured by ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, which has been orbiting the red planet since 2004. These mysterious structures near the Martian South Pole are only visible due to the weather; In general, the entire area will be covered in a 250-mile-wide (400 km) ice cap. Be thankful that you don’t have to take your car away from it.
Originally published on Live Science.