Dust Storm On Mars, Cosmic First Light and Huge Black Hole At Our Galaxy’s Center

November 9, 2005   -

Hubble Space Telescope image of Mars and growing dust storm on October 28, 2005, one night before its close approach to Earth at 41 million miles on October 29, 2005. Image credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (Cornell University) and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute).
Hubble Space Telescope image of Mars and growing dust storm on October 28, 2005, one night before its close approach to Earth at 41 million miles on October 29, 2005. Image credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (Cornell University) and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute).

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped this picture of Mars on October 28, 2005, within a day of its closest approach to Earth on the night of October 29, 2005. Hubble astronomers were also excited to have captured a regional dust storm on Mars that has been growing and evolving over the past few weeks. The dust storm, which is the bright "feathery" feature in the middle of the planet in this picture, is about 930 miles (1500 km) long measured diagonally. That's about the size of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico combined.

 

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