Mar 202012

Here’s a stumper for any Mars experts. While processing my Mars images from last night, I found a strange feature over Acidalia (top right of the animation below). I made this 5-frame animation of the green-light images. The feature appears in all the channels, but is most visible in blue and green and least visible in IR. Also, it moves with the planet (ruling out dust motes on the sensor) and seems to rise over the limb. Fog rolled in after this, so there is no additional data later than this. If anyone caught Mars after 2:15UT last night, please check your images… particularly after 2:51UT.

Update Note:  for those of you Mars geographers, the most appropriate geographic location to cite for where the feature resides is Terra Cimmerium.  Acidalia was where I thought it was at first glance, but the measured location is 190 degrees by 43 degrees (South) placing over Terra Cimmerium.

Any ideas or thoughts on what this might be?  E-mail me or use the contact button above to let me know.

Also, here’s what it looks like in RGB…

Another image taken at 2:39ut with insert showing slight detachment of cloud from limb.

Wayne J.

  53 Responses to “A martian stumper….”

  1. […] credit goes to patent attorney by day and amateur astronomer by night Wayne Jaeschke, who first spotted the plumes and posted images of them on his […]

  2. Feb. 19, 2015

    No expert on Martian conditions, but let me suggest that it could be a comet-like object grazing past or hitting Mars. Such events (like the Schumacher-Levy Comet hitting Jupiter) may produce a ‘plume’ like ‘cloud’. One has to explore relevant sky images or plan Mars observations with high resolution imaging to detect the passing object.
    Satyendra Bhandari

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