Amateur Astronomers Discovered A 120-Mile-Tall Plume Coming Off Mars

by Rachel Baker on February 16, 2015

First, great job, amateur astronomers. The paper discussed can be viewed through the link in the article. There’s a lot of scientific math, but its an interesting paper none-the-less.

If you are interested in the least bit about space, this will most likely interest you.

Here’s the Article: Amateur Astronomers Discovered A 120-Mile-Tall Plume Coming Off Mars

On March 12, 2012, amateur skywatchers noticed something unusual coming off of Mars’ southern hemisphere. It was an extremely bright plume, extending 120 miles or more into the Martian sky. Clouds, aurora, and other Martian phenomena had only ever been seen up to 80 miles high.

Now, a team of professional astronomers from Europe and the U.S. is publishing their hypotheses about what that plume could have been. In many ways, however, the plume remains mysterious. Almost nothing like it has been recorded before… and there’s not one explanation astronomers are certain about.

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