The Devil’s Shadow

HiRISE image of a half-mile-tall dust devil on Mars

The 800-meter-tall plume of a dust devil casts a long shadow on the surface of Mars in this image from the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Caused by warm air near the ground rapidly rising in spinning columns, dust devils are a common sight on Mars during the northern spring season.


Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona


About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on March 8, 2012, in Mars and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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