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Mysterious cloud over Mars puzzles onlookers, invites conspiracy theories
FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Oct 26, 2018 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News

Posted on 10/26/2018 1:41:46 PM PDT by ETL

Although Mars' atmosphere is comprised of vastly different elements than Earth's and is approximately 100 times less dense than our own, the planet does have clouds. But one strange, curious cloud near a massive volcano is puzzling onlookers..."

The cloud, described as "curious" by the European Space Agency, was first spotted over the Arsia Mons volcano on the planet on Sept. 13  by the Mars Express spacecraft. The ESA does not believe it is a volcanic cloud since no volcano has been active on the planet in about 50 years, but rather they believe it is a water ice cloud.

"In spite of its location, this atmospheric feature is not linked to volcanic activity but is rather a water ice cloud driven by the influence of the volcano’s leeward slope on the air flow – something that scientists call an orographic or lee cloud – and a regular phenomenon in this region," the ESA said in a statement on its website.

The space agency noted that the cloud has grown and changed shape throughout the day. It grows "in length during local morning downwind of the volcano, almost parallel to the equator, and reaching such an impressive size that could make it visible even to telescopes on Earth," the ESA added.

Mars' winter solstice on its northern hemisphere occurred on Oct. 16 and the ESA noted that a "seasonally recurrent water ice cloud," like the aforementioned cloud, has formed along the southwestern flank of the volcano in the past. The Mars Express craft and others have actually observed the cloud in 2009, 2012 and 2015, the ESA said.

Despite the proclamation from the ESA, that has not stopped conspiracy theorists on the internet proclaiming it could be from the volcano or something else.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; globalwarminghoax; mars; nasa
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Since 13 September 2018, the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) on board ESA’s Mars Express has
been observing the evolution of a curious cloud formation that appears regularly in the vicinity of the
20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet’s equator. (Credit: ESA/GCP/UPV/EHU Bilbao,
CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

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1 posted on 10/26/2018 1:41:46 PM PDT by ETL
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From 2015, regarding 2012 Mars "cloud"...

'Cloud' over Mars leaves scientists baffled

Feb 16, 2015

Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.

On two separate occasions in March and April 2012, amateur astronomers reported definite plume-like features developing on the planet.

The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 250 km above the same region of Mars on both occasions. By comparison, similar features seen in the past have not exceeded 100 km.

"At about 250 km, the division between the atmosphere and outer space is very thin, so the reported plumes are extremely unexpected," says Agustin Sanchez-Lavega of the Universidad del País Vasco in Spain, lead author of the paper reporting the results in the journal Nature.

The features developed in less than 10 hours, covering an area of up to 1000 x 500 km, and remained visible for around 10 days, changing their structure from day to day.

None of the spacecraft orbiting Mars saw the features because of their viewing geometries and illumination conditions at the time.

However, checking archived Hubble Space Telescope images taken between 1995 and 1999 and of databases of amateur images spanning 2001 to 2014 revealed occasional clouds at the limb of Mars, albeit usually only up to 100 km in altitude.

But one set of Hubble images from 17 May 1997 revealed an abnormally high plume, similar to that spotted by the amateur astronomers in 2012.

'Cloud' over Mars leaves scientists baffled

https://phys.org/news/2015-02-cloud-mars-scientists-baffled.html

2 posted on 10/26/2018 1:42:01 PM PDT by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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From 1997, a Mars plume in a different location...

A curious plume-like feature was observed on Mars on 17 May 1997 by the Hubble Space Telescope. It is similar to the features detected by amateur astronomers in 2012, although appeared in a different location. Credit: JPL/NASA/STScI
A curious plume-like feature was observed on Mars on May 17, 1997 by the Hubble Space Telescope.

It is similar to the features detected by amateur astronomers in 2012, although appeared in a
different location. Credit: JPL/NASA/STScI

https://www.universetoday.com/129106/space-weather-causing-martian-atmospherics/

3 posted on 10/26/2018 1:42:39 PM PDT by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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4 posted on 10/26/2018 1:43:15 PM PDT by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: ETL

Obviously global warming from all of the SUVs there.


5 posted on 10/26/2018 1:44:00 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: BipolarBob

Volcanoes do that on Earth.


6 posted on 10/26/2018 1:46:44 PM PDT by NorthMountain (... the right of the peopIe to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: BipolarBob
And then there's this:

Dead Mars Dying Earth ...

I have met the author. He's very sure of himself ...

He has appeared on "Ancient Aliens". He fits in there perfectly.

7 posted on 10/26/2018 1:49:04 PM PDT by NorthMountain (... the right of the peopIe to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: BipolarBob

Years ago the temperatures on Mars were increasing, as was earth’s (may they still are on Mars). I mentioned that to a person in a sarcastic way. “Yeah, this global warming is getting so bad that even Mars is hotter now.”

“Oh man, I didn’t know that. We really have to get going on running everything on solar and wind before it’s too late.” Sad part - he was an environmental “scientist”.

Does look like the cloud formations we get off of high lone peaks on earth with the right weather (Mt. Hood, etc.)


8 posted on 10/26/2018 1:50:06 PM PDT by 21twelve (!)
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To: BipolarBob
Rep Sheila Jackass Lee wanted to know if the smoke was perhaps the result of a fire caused by a cigarette astronaut Neil Armstrong failed to extinguish in '69.

Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat!)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
From Texas's 18th district

On a visit to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2005, Jackson Lee made embarrassing news by asking if the Mars Pathfinder had taken an image of the flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong.[2]

Prior to the 110th Congress, Jackson Lee served on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees space policy and NASA.

http://web.archive.org/web/20100409095818/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Jackson_Lee

9 posted on 10/26/2018 1:51:24 PM PDT by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: ETL

Mars sneezed. It’s a booger.


10 posted on 10/26/2018 1:51:52 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Get in the Spirit! The Spirit of '76!)
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To: ETL

a really big smokestack?


11 posted on 10/26/2018 1:54:01 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you don't understand, no explanation is possible")
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To: ETL

12 posted on 10/26/2018 1:55:01 PM PDT by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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To: ETL
p38

He's trying to signal us that he can't make orbit!

13 posted on 10/26/2018 1:57:43 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: ETL

What! No Uranus jokes?


14 posted on 10/26/2018 2:01:53 PM PDT by loucon
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To: ETL

15 posted on 10/26/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: BipolarBob

Obviously global warming from all of the SUVs there.


Good guess, but it is really where Martians have to go to smoke ...


16 posted on 10/26/2018 2:03:33 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: RightGeek
Lol! I was in the process of posting this when I went back to check the thread...

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17 posted on 10/26/2018 2:04:18 PM PDT by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: \/\/ayne

Kimba!


18 posted on 10/26/2018 2:05:57 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses.)
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To: NorthMountain

You met the author?

Dead Mars, Dying Earth Hardcover – March 1, 2000
by John E. Brandenburg (Author), Minica Rix Paxon

Is it Al Gore...or Al Gore in drag? (a horrible thought!)


19 posted on 10/26/2018 2:07:01 PM PDT by citizen (President Trump: He’s combined The Art of the Deal with Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. Game over.)
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To: NorthMountain; All

"a curious cloud formation that appears regularly in the vicinity of the 20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet’s equator."

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This digital-image mosaic of Mars’ Tharsis plateau shows the extinct volcano
Arsia Mons. It was assembled from images that NASA’s Viking 1 orbiter took
during its 1976-1980 working life at Mars. Image credit: NASA / JPL / USGS.

20 posted on 10/26/2018 2:09:37 PM PDT by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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