Never-before-Imaged Auroras on Mars Snapped by UAE’s Hope Mission

If you were so distracted by the perseverance and adventure of Mars on Mars and forgot that the UAE also has a Mars Hope Orbiter now, the strange new images of what happened on the Red Planet were captured on camera for the first time, a joke. These light showers may be visible to the human eye but the peak of their emission is found in more powerful wavelengths than we can see. Hope has used his ultraviolet spectrometer to capture events more than once over the past few months.

Hope reached around the Red Planet in February 2021. The scientific purpose of the mission is to study its atmosphere and provide us with a deeper understanding of the evolution of the arid desert that we see today from the planet’s water-rich earth. New images of the strange auroras of Mars were taken before the mission officially began. Scientists were testing instruments at night when astronauts noticed that astronomers had been struggling to study for years. There are three types of aurora on Mars, one kind on the daylit side, and two at night.

Never-before-Imaged Auroras on Mars Snapped by UAE’s Hope Mission

One of these occurs only during solar storms, illuminating the entire side of the planet, and the other type – isolated by hope – is known as “isolated” and is not bound by solar storms but occurs only at certain places at night. The three observations were taken on April 22, April 23, and May 6, 2021, and showed highly structured isolated aural events throughout the night on Mars. What is strange is the location. Instead of being close to higher latitudes like Earth’s across, they seem to be located in strange places far above the surface of the Red Planet.

This is because their structure is different from our terrestrial northern and southern light. Charged particles from the sun travel across the solar system. On Earth, they flow northward through magnetic fields where they collided with the atoms that make up our planet’s atmosphere. These interactions create a light gorgeous effect at night release.