Mars

Surprising Martian Discovery: Massive Mantle Plume Pushing the Surface of Mars Upward

Surprising Martian Discovery: Massive Mantle Plume Pushing the Surface of Mars Upward

Artist’s impression of an active mantle plume – a large blob of warm and buoyant rock – rising from deep inside Mars and pushing up Elysium Planitia, a plain within the planet’s northern lowlands. Volcanism at Elysium Planitia originates from the Cerberus Fossae, highlighted in red, a set of young fissures that stretches for more …

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An illustration of the night sky on Dec. 07 showing the full Cold Moon in close proximity to Mars.

Watch Mars at opposition pass behind the moon this week in these free webcasts

This week offers multiple opportunities to get a great look at the Red Planet. On Wednesday (Dec. 7), the full moon will be in close proximity to a bright Mars during an event known as a lunar occultation. And on Thursday (Dec. 8), Mars will be at opposition, meaning that in Earth’s skies, it will …

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An amateur astronomer has captured a series of incredible photos of stars, planets and far-away nebulas thousands of light years away, all from his back garden.  Pictured: A full moon

Father-of-three captures spectacular images of Mars and the moon using a telescope in his back garden

When you look up at the night sky from your garden, you might catch a glimpse of a few stars if you’re lucky. But father-of-three James Flanagan wanted a better view, and pointed his ‘middle of the road’ telescope towards outer space to get a closer look. He has since seen a lunar mountain range, …

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Giant mantle plume reveals Mars is more active than previously thought

Giant mantle plume reveals Mars is more active than previously thought

Artist’s impression of an active mantle plume—a large blob of warm and buoyant rock—rising from deep inside Mars and pushing up Elysium Planitia, a plain within the planet’s northern lowlands. Volcanism at Elysium Planitia originates from the Cerberus Fossae, highlighted in red, a set of young fissures that stretches for more than 800 miles across …

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Colossal Discovery on Mars Could Drive Surging Magma Under the Surface

Colossal Discovery on Mars Could Drive Surging Magma Under the Surface

Scientists may have just identified the culprit behind the signs of recently active volcanism on Mars. Beneath a broad plain called the Elysium Planitia, a colossal, 4,000-kilometer (roughly 2,500-mile) wide convection plume in the Martian mantle could be driving molten magma up as far as the surface. This could explain multiple lines of evidence that …

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NASA's Viking 1 may have landed at the site of an ancient Martian megatsunami  CNN

NASA’s Viking 1 may have landed at the site of an ancient Martian megatsunami CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — When NASA’s Viking 1 lander made history as the first spacecraft to touch down on Mars on July 20, 1976, it sent back images of a landscape no one was expecting. Those first …

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NASA's Viking 1 may have landed at the site of an ancient Martian megatsunami  CNN

NASA’s Viking 1 may have landed at the site of an ancient Martian megatsunami CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — When NASA’s Viking 1 lander made history as the first spacecraft to touch down on Mars on July 20, 1976, it sent back images of a landscape no one was expecting. Those first …

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An illustration of the night sky on Dec. 07 showing the full Cold Moon in close proximity to Mars.

Mars at opposition will meet up with the full moon next week (Dec. 7). Here’s how to see it

Every once in a while, something will appear in the sky that will attract the attention of even those who normally don’t bother looking up. It’s likely to be that way in the evening hours of Wednesday (Dec. 7) when the full moon will appear in very close proximity to the now-brilliant the planet Mars. …

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