Tag Archives: Mars Color Imager

MARCI weather report, August 13-19, 2018

The decay phase of the planet-encircling dust event continued this past week, as dust lofted by the event continued to settle out of the thin martian atmosphere. At southern high-latitudes, small dust storms kicked up along the receding seasonal south … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, August 6-12, 2018

Bright and dark regions of Mars continued to become more apparent through the planet-encircling dust haze as dust continued to slowly settle out of the atmosphere last week. Each sol, thick hazes still lingered above the martian lowlands including over … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, July 30-August 5, 2018

The planetary-encircling dust event continued to decay across Mars last week. Looking to the southern highlands, short-lived local-scale dust storms were observed over Solis-Sinai and along the seasonal south polar ice cap edge, which has retreated to ~65° S. latitude. … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, July 23-29, 2018

During the past week, dust continued to gradually settle out of the martian atmosphere as part of the long decay phase of the planet-encircling dust event. Regional surface albedo features, such as Noachis, Syrtis, Cimmeria, and Sirenum became more prominent. … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, July 16-22, 2018

Dust clouds and hazes still loomed over Mars last week. Some atmospheric clearing was spotted over Noachis and Aonia Terra as the planet-encircling dust event transitioned to a decay phase. The edges of the canyons that make up Valles Marineris … Continue reading

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Mars ‘storm chasers’ seek dusty secrets

Storm chasing takes luck and patience on Earth — and even more so on Mars. For scientists watching the Red Planet from data gathered by NASA’s orbiters, the past month has been a windfall. “Global” dust storms, where a runaway … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, July 9-15, 2018

Dusty conditions across Mars as the planet-encircling dust event dragged on for another week. Local-scale dust lifting was spotted over Solis-Sinai and along the developing north polar hood. Each afternoon, water-ice gravity wave (a.k.a. lee wave) clouds trailed from the … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, July 2-8, 2018

Dusty conditions continued around the red planet this past week, as the planet-encircling dust event was still ongoing. The colossal dust cloud was still prevalent between the south polar ice cap and the north polar hood. Solis-Sinai and on occasion, … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, June 25-July 1, 2018

For the past week on Mars, the planet-encircling dust event persisted across all hemispheres. Though, active dust-lifting was not occurring everywhere across the planet, regional lifting centers in Solis-Sinai, Hellas, and Elysium continued to sustain a planet-encircling dust cloud of … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, June 18-24, 2018

The planet-encircling dust event endured across Mars last week. As the week progressed, storm activity expanded over Solis-Sinai, Aonia, and Sirenum. Dusty conditions also continued from Isidis to Olympus and from Argyre to western Sirenum. Storm activity south of Hellas, … Continue reading

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