A Dust Devil on Mars #SpaceSaturday

“Dust Devil on Mars” sounds like an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel or maybe an imaginary spy story from Total Recall, but it’s really just exactly what it says it is. Scientists have made a short recording of a dust devil spinning along the surface of our red neighbor. Here’s more from Astronomy Now:

Taken from the “Mary Anning” drill site, this dust devil appears to be passing through small hills just above Curiosity’s location on Mount Sharp. The dust devil is approximately half-a-kilometre to a kilometre away (one-third to a half-mile) and is estimated to be about 5 metres (16 feet) wide. The dust plume disappears past the top of the frame, so an exact height can’t be known, but it’s estimated to be at least 50 metres (164 feet) tall.

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