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THEMIS: South polar layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 14, 2019. This VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. The numerous layers that comprise the polar cap are readily visible. The cap was built up over millions of years of deposition … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, June 3-9, 2019

Last week on Mars, dust storm activity continued along the edge of the receding seasonal north polar ice cap. Near the beginning of the week, a regional-scale dust storm occurred over the eastern Arcadia region and spread both southward to … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, May 27-June 2, 2019

There was a slight uptick in dust activity this past week on Mars. The week began with a couple of arcuate-shaped dust storms extending over the retreating seasonal north polar ice cap in Acidalia and Arcadia. Looking to the southern … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, May 20-26, 2019

Last week on Mars, water ice clouds and small dust-lifting events continued to be observed along the retreating seasonal north polar ice cap edge. Near the end of the week, larger pulses of dust activity were spotted over the plains … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, May 13-19, 2019

Afternoon condensate water-ice clouds continued to be the dominant feature over all the major Martian volcanoes this past week. A few arcuate dust storms were observed along the edge of the seasonal north polar ice cap. On the other side … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, May 6-12, 2019

We are now well into northern spring, and dust storm activity is picking up in the northern hemisphere. Numerous dust storms were observed near the seasonal north polar cap edge (presently ~60° N) throughout the past week. Several of these … Continue reading

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Lightning on Mars is probably rare and weak

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Gerhard Wurm and four co-authors recently published in Icarus.] A Challenge for Martian Lightning: Limits of Collisional Charging at Low Pressure • Collision experiments on identical grains show a strong dependence of charging on … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A frosted surface

This is the first of a new monitoring series to track seasonal processes. It is also a striking image with late winter angled illumination over dunes covered by carbon dioxide frost mixed with dust. Dark spots may be where sand … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, April 22-28, 2019

For the past week on Mars, numerous local-scale dust storms of varied size occurred along the southern highlands — below 50° S. latitude. Looking to the northern hemisphere, dust-lifting activity was more sporadic. A couple of arcuate (bow-shaped) dust storms … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, April 15-21, 2019

Conditions poleward of 58° S were dusty as local storms continued to crop-up along the mid- to high-latitudes of Mars last week. Looking to the northern lowlands, a couple of long arcuate-shaped dust storms pressed southward over Acidalia near the … Continue reading

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