In a first for mankind’s exploration on Mars, the UAE’s Hope Probe captured a series of photographs documenting the Red Planet’s Discrete Aurora.
Courtesy of the Hope Probe’s EMPUS (Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer) instrument, the Emirates Mars Mission rolled out a slew of stunning photographs showing Mars ”in the far-ultraviolet” featuring patterns that could trace out the regions where Mars’ enigmatic crustal magnetic fields act like a funnel to guide fast electrons from space down into the atmosphere.
It’s worth mentioning, the featured photographs and videos are an artists’ impression of the discrete aurora.
EMPUS’ visuals have been able to image these dynamic auroral events globally at high resolution and across a wide range of wavelengths, providing an unprecedented window upon the interaction of the atmosphere with solar particles.
It is touted that this discovery could unfold a lot of unsolved questions and mysteries about the Red Planet
“These unique global snapshots of the discrete aurora of Mars are the first time such detailed and clear observations have been made globally, as well as across previously unobservable wavelengths. The implications for our understanding of Mars’ atmospheric and magnetospheric science are tremendous and provide new support to the theory that solar storms are not necessary to drive Mars’ aurora.”Emirates Mars Mission Science Lead, Hessa Al Matroushi.
In addition to discovering the discrete aurora, the Hope Probe and the Emirates Mars Mission are venturing into studying the Martian atmosphere, the relationship between the upper layer and lower regions, in a bid to present a holistic view of the Martian atmosphere at different times of the day, through different seasons.
(Featured photograph credit: WAM)