Mars is having an intense dust storm season • Earth.com

Last update: November 13th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency (ESA) features a dust storm moving across Mars in April of this year. According to the ESA, a larger disturbance that followed in the month of May encircled the planet with dust in a matter of weeks.

Dust storms are a regular occurrence during the southern summer season when Mars is closer to the Sun, which causes stronger temperature contrasts and air movements that lift the dust particles from the surface of the planet.

During tonight’s total lunar eclipse, Mars will appear the biggest and brightest that it has looked in the sky since 2003, and can be viewed directly below the full moon.

This image was captured by the high resolution stereo camera onboard the ESA’s Mars Express.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

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