Published: Jun 17, 2020 7:13:48 p.m.
A distinct green glow around the red planet Mars detected by a European spacecraft is the latest phenomenon that sent internet users into a frenzy and also sparked a wave of discussions and memes. Interestingly, this is the first time the phenomenon has been spotted on a world beyond Earth.
Detected by ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, the glow comes from oxygen atoms, which are present in the atmosphere of Mars, while interacting with sunlight.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) observed a similar green glow around Earth from space but found it to be quite weak. However, the researchers explained the difference between the two green hues.
“One of the brightest shows seen on Earth comes from the night glow. More specifically, from oxygen atoms emitting a particular wavelength of light that has never been seen around another planet, “said Jean-Claude Gérard of the University of Liège, Belgium, and lead author of the new study published in Nature Astronomy. “However, this show should have been on Mars for about 40 years – and, thanks to TGO, we found it. ”
Scientists were able to locate the program using a special observation mode for TGO.
As the photo went viral, not just Internet users, even NASA reacted to the unusual sight with a hint of humor. While some said it looked like a shield protecting itself from 2020, others thought it reminded them of the superhero movie “Green Lantern”.
Please don’t let that Ryan Reynolds: Spacecraft captures the “green glow” of Mars https://t.co/R8JEK3CNaF pic.twitter.com/pnnhLgNgyY
– HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) June 16, 2020
– Jameson Whiskey (@jamesonwhiskey) June 16, 2020
So the green aliens from Mars are one thing. #Zone 51
– S W A L L O W? (@ryanswallow) June 16, 2020
So the red planet gives a green signal?
– Paresh Solanki (@Paresh_official) June 17, 2020
Mars added you to the group of close friends https://t.co/LpzavfIk0x
– ? (@Woh_ladka) June 17, 2020
– ?????? / ???????? ??????? (@ishipbeliza) June 17, 2020
@VancityReynolds stop playing with your Green Lantern ring in the middle of the night! https://t.co/clzCE9RqRq
– Aman (@franklyaman) June 17, 2020
Mars is online now. https://t.co/xi4A1p3Ooy
– D.D. (@sahota_ad) June 17, 2020
– A G (@ArnaldoGatkiva) June 17, 2020
They built a wall. https://t.co/vZS9HcbkDP
– Marc Hochman (@MarcHochman) June 16, 2020
It’s a lax rekha for humans.
MARS wants a social distance from humans.
– Mr_Perfect (@GauravjainTweet) June 17, 2020
The aliens have really said enough of their bullshit, have closed the border with a force field https://t.co/rwFlQbFYKZ
– 7th Raikage⛅️ (@MajorMangos) June 17, 2020
Me: “Can 2020 cool for five minutes?” ”
2020: “ESA discovered a green glow in the atmosphere of Mars. In addition, a green meteor has been seen over Australia. ”
– Commander Noa (@CommanderNoa) June 15, 2020
“A good understanding of the atmosphere in this region, and how it varies with latitude, time of day, season and dependence on the solar cycle, is important for planning future missions to the surface of Mars. Obviously, all landers have to pass through this region, and here the friction between the air molecules and the spacecraft body begins to get high and generates a lot of heat. The design must be adapted to the environment, “said Håkan Svedhem, ESA TGO project scientist. Newsweek.
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