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How Earth Is Seen From Mars At Night?

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How Earth Is Seen From Mars At Night?

Using images taken by the rover Curiosity in the 529-th day of its mission to Mars, experts have obtained images of the planet Earth, which appears as a small “star” light the Martian night sky.

In the 529-th day of its mission to Mars, Curiosity turned his “eyes” into the sky to the west side, capturing the image of the Earth over the edge of Gale crater, the place where the Mars’s rover have a mission.

Earth Is Seen From Mars: Earth in the Martian sky just after 7.00 pm local Mars time

Earth in the Martian sky just after 7.00 pm local Mars time

It took meticulous analysis and alot of image processing to identify Earth among the bright formations that appear in the images. Analyzing more photos taken by rover’s instruments and processing them using a software called Stellarium, scientists have managed to realize that one of the bright spots that appear in the sky is actually Earth.

Earth Is Seen From Mars: Earth among the bright formations that appear in the images (before)

Earth among the bright formations that appear in the images (before)

Earth Is Seen From Mars: Earth among the  bright formations that appear in the images (after)

Earth among the bright formations that appear in the images (after)

An advanced processing allowed to designate another bright spot as the Moon. So, in the pictures below, the experts think, there are Earth and its natural satellite Moon.

Earth Is Seen From Mars: Earth and Moon captured by Curiosity Rover on Mars night sky

Earth and Moon captured by Curiosity Rover on Mars night sky

Bottom line: The Curiosity rover on Mars captured an image of Earth shining in Mars evening sky. The video in this post clearly shows both our Earth and moon: a double world seen from Mars. Another image in this post contrasts Earth in Mars’ sky with Mars in Earth’s sky. We also tell you how to find Mars in Earth’s sky.



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