NASA reveals massive dust storms on Mars surface

Temperature recordings show both, direct and indirect effects of dust storms in the Martian atmosphere.

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2016, 13:31 PM IST
NASA reveals massive dust storms on Mars surface
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Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: NASA recently revealed stunning images of huge dust storms on the surface of Red Planet while analyzing the seasonal patterns of Mars.

After years of research NASA scientists discovered three distinct regional storms occurring consecutively at approximately the same times of a year, during summer and spring in the southern hemisphere.

One Martian year is equal to two years on the Earth and the change in temperature record in the six recent Martian years leads to this observation. According to Blasting News the dust particles on the Martian surface absorbs sunlight and the difference in temperature than it can absorbed exceeds by 35 C° (63 F°) the one absorbed by clean air.

The heat absorbed by the dust affects the distribution of wind globally. This causes downward motion of heat that may warm areas of clean air outside the dusty regions.

Temperature recordings show both, direct and indirect effects of dust storms in the Martian atmosphere.

The US space agency categorizes these large storms as A, B and C.

(With NASA inputs)