Scientists are absolutely “stumped” at the discovery of clouds on mars! Huge plumes floating..
“I don’t think it’s real…basic physics says this can’t occur,” Todd Clancy, planetary scientist at the Space Science Institute, told USA Today, adding that Mars’ upper atmosphere doesn’t supply the necessary ingredients for clouds.”
Two strange, cloud-like plumes reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists.
On two separate occasions in March and April 2012, amateur astronomers reported definite plume-like features developing on the planet.
The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 155 miles (250 km) above the same region of Mars, and could help explain what makes up the Martian atmosphere.
The phenomenon was observed on March 12, 2012 over the ‘terminator’, which is the boundary between day and night on Mars.
One of the plumes developed in around 10 hours and lasted for 11 days, shifting shape from ‘double blob protrusions’ to pillars which merged into a ‘finger’ shape.
A second was spotted nearby on April 6, 2012, and lasted about 10 days.
‘At about 155 miles (250 km), the division between the atmosphere and outer space is very thin, so the reported plumes are extremely unexpected,’ says Agustin Sanchez-Lavega of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain, who led the study.
One of the plumes developed in around 10 hours and lasted for 11 days, shifting shape from ‘double blob protrusions’ to pillars which merged into a ‘finger’ shape. Pictured are the 2012 plume events (ringed) on 22 March and 13 April.
Mars is being scrutinised for signs of water and volcanic activity, both of which could theoretically nurture some form of life.
Clouds of dust or ice crystals have been spotted occasionally over Mars in the past.
But they have never been as extensive as the latest two, and they always formed at an altitude below 100km.
None of the spacecraft orbiting Mars saw the features because of their viewing geometries and illumination conditions at the time.
However, checking archived Hubble images taken between 1995 and 1999 and of databases of amateur images spanning 2001 to 2014 revealed occasional clouds at the limb of Mars, albeit usually only up to 62 miles (100km) in altitude.
But one set of Hubble images from 17 May 1997 revealed an abnormally high plume, similar to that spotted by the amateur astronomers in 2012.
Scientists are now working on determining the nature and cause of the plumes by using the Hubble data in combination with the images taken by amateurs.
The plumes could be made of particles of water or carbon dioxide, said the paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
Alternatively, it could be an aurora, similar to the shimmering light show that develops in Earth’s atmosphere when solar particles collide with Earth’s magnetic field.
Past surveillance by scientific orbiters have suggested Terra Cimmeria to have a ‘strip’ with a strong but localised magnetic field.
If this is the case, the Martian ‘aurora’ would be a remarkable 1,000 times brighter than its terrestrial equivalent.
But ‘both explanations defy our current understanding of Mars’ upper atmosphere’, the scientists admit.
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And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke (Acts 2:19 KJV).
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle – Revelation 14:14 (KJV).
Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne -Psalms 97:2 (KJV).
Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven -Job 22:14 (KJV).
He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. -Job 26:9
Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? – Job 36:29 (KJV).
And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. -Deuteronomy 4:11 (KJV).
As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. – Ezekiel 1:28 (KJV).
And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. -1 Kings 8:10-12(KJV).
The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet – Nahum 1:3 (KJV).
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse – Romans 1:20 (KJV).
Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:- Amos 5:8 (KJV).
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth – Isaiah 40:26 (KJV).
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork -Psalm 19:1 (KJV).
Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number – Job 9:9-10 (KJV).
…”Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?” Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites? “Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?…- Job 38:31-33