This Mars image from Sept. 24 reveals the cloud near the Arsia Mons volcano.

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You might have observed some consternation in some corners of the web about a possible volcanic eruption on Mars. As it ends up, things are still quite chill on the red world and it’s not getting all Vesuvius on us.

The European Area Firm’s Mars cam on board its Mars Express orbiter shared some awesome images in late September. What’s significant here is a big volcano called Arsia Mons and a streak-like development that appears to originate from it.

Some audiences saw that long development above the world’s surface area and presumed it indicated an eruption was taking place. However the streak is not a smoke plume triggered by an eruption. It’s a cloud.

Italian exposing website explained on Twitter some previous examples of long, thin clouds forming near Arsia Mons.

Planetary researcher Tanya Harrison belongs to NASA’s Chance rover group and focuses on Mars geology and weather condition. She likewise required to Twitter to quash the Mars eruption talk.

” It’s not a plume of smoke, however rather water ice clouds condensing out over the top of the Arsia Mons volcano. We see them frequently over this specific volcano,” Harrison composes.

While some Twitter analysts implicated NASA of concealing proof of a volcanic eruption, Harrison shared an image from the area company’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealing clouds above Arsia Mons previously in October.

” We see these clouds hang out over the top of Arsia for weeks at a time throughout this time of year, every year,” Harrison composes. She states the volcano’s high elevation integrated with water vapor in the environment triggers the clouds to form.

Mars when had a robust volcanic past, however NASA research study programs Arsia Mons was last active around 50 million years ago, about the time when dinosaurs went extinct in the world.

You can wager NASA and ESA would be trumpeting the news if either area company saw a fresh volcanic eruption on the red world.

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