Dynamical Phenomena In The Martian Atmosphere Through Mars Express Imaging

By Keith Cowing
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January 25, 2024
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Dynamical Phenomena In The Martian Atmosphere Through Mars Express Imaging
Main dynamical phenomena on Mars seen by condensate clouds and dust in summarizing all spacecraft images taken from orbit as represented on a Latitude – Solar Longitude (Ls) plot. The color rectangular areas mark the approximate range of maximum development and meridional extent of the phenomena indicated. The brown dots indicate the onset of the Global Dust Storms (GDS) identified by the terrestrial year of their development. The beginning of each season, aphelion and perihelion dates are indicated by red and blue lines, respectively. The polar day and night periods are also shown. — astro-ph.EP

This review describes the dynamic phenomena in the atmosphere of Mars that are visible in images taken in the visual range through cloud formation and dust lifting.

We describe the properties of atmospheric features traced by aerosols covering a large range of spatial and temporal scales, including dynamical interpretations and modelling when available.

We present the areographic distribution and the daily and seasonal cycles of those atmospheric phenomena.

We rely primarily on images taken by cameras on Mars Express.

A. Sánchez-Lavega, T. del Río-Gaztelurrutia, A. Spiga, J. Hernández-Bernal, E. Larsen, D. Tirsch, A. Cardesin-Moinelo, P. Machado

Comments: Invited review
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as: arXiv:2401.12928 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2401.12928v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
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From: Teresa del Rio Gaztelurrutia Dr
[v1] Tue, 23 Jan 2024 17:24:19 UTC (2,541 KB)

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