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NASA's Curiosity Captures Stunning Blue Sunrise/Sunset On Mars

What a view.

28/11/2017 12:31 GMT

NASA’s Cassini may sadly be no more, but that hasn’t stopped its Curiosity Mars rover stepping up to the mark.

The rover’s main Mastcam captured this absolutely stunning view of our Sun dipping low on the Martian horizon, casting a mysterious haze over the planet’s rocky landscape.

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The image, aside from being visually stunning, highlights one of the more alien aspects about Mars.

You see unlike the day/night cycle here on Earth, Martian sunrises and sunsets are a glorious blue, while the days themselves are a deep rust-coloured orange/red.

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So what causes this stunning phenomenon? Well fine dust particles in the Martian atmosphere absorb most of the blue light, causing the daytime to feature the deep orange colour we see in photos and in films.

However during sunrise and sunset the particles directly facing the sun reflect the blue light back giving it this beautiful light blue halo effect.

Curiosity sadly doesn’t take these images very often, however when they do the results are always pretty spectacular.

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