NASA reveals photographs of blue sunset on Mars


It was the Curiosity probe that captured a blue sunset seen from the red planet, Mars. The color of the sky on Mars is always the opposite of the one we can observe on planet Earth.

Curiosity, NASA’s space probe, has managed to capture in these last days, a sunset very different from the one we are accustomed to observe from planet Earth. The color is bright blue, and the probe followed the moment when the main star of the Milky Way, the Sun, hid behind the red planet.

The Curiosity rover is a car approximately the size of a car, and was created to be designed to explore the surface of Mars as part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission.

This mission began with its launch on November 26, 2011, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, having successfully landed on Mars, more precisely in the area of Aeolis Palus, located in the Gale crater, in August 6, 2012.

The color of the sky seen from Mars is always opposite to what we see from the planet Earth, that is, here the sunset and sunrise can be observed in orange tones, while on the red planet we observe a blue sky. Already during the day, while our sky is, as a rule, in shades of blue, on Mars, it is reddish.

The Huffington Post also explained that this happens because the fine dust particles in the atmosphere of Mars absorb most of the blue light, thus making the day have the orange and reddish tones that can be seen in photographs or videos captured from the planet. During sunrise and sunset, the particles are directly facing the Sun and reflect this blue light, thus creating an effect that has now been captured by the Curiosity probe.