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04/06/2015 16:18 BST | Updated 04/06/2015 16:59 BST

The Northern Lights On Mars Are Absolutely Stunning

The northern lights on Earth are already considered to be one of the most beautiful sights known to humans. It's the reason we spend hours watching NASA's videos of them from the ISS and it's the reason people travel thousands of miles to see them in person.

Now imagine something even more beautiful and you might just get some idea of how incredible the aurora on Mars would look like.

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A stunning blue halo of ripples that pass over the Martian sky, Mars' aurora had until recently been completely unknown to us.

It wasn't until 2005 when Mars Express caught its first glimpse of a mysterious blue glow surrounding the red planet that we finally realised that other planets would have a visible phenomenon as well.

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Now for the first time scientists from the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble, NASA, ESA and Aalto University in Finland have created what they believe is the first accurate prediction of what would be the southern lights on Mars.

mars aurora

Guillaume Gronoff, a research scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center said, “Our planetary research gives us good insight on physics in the Martian atmosphere — how it evolved, why Mars’ mass is different than Earth’s, It helps us to better understand planetary atmosphere emissions, ultimately helping us to discover habitable planets.”