You’ve likely heard of blue moons, but have you heard of blue dunes? Specifically, blues dunes on Mars. If not, have no fear. NASA’s got you covered.
On Thursday, the U.S. space agency released a breathtakingly beautiful photo alongside a post titled, “Blue Dunes on the Red Planet.”
A sea of dark dunes, sculpted by the wind into long lines, surrounds Mars’ northern polar cap and covers an area as big as Texas. In this false-color image, areas with cooler temperatures are recorded in bluer tints, while warmer features are depicted in yellows and oranges. Thus, the dark, sun-warmed dunes glow with a golden color. This image covers an area 19 miles (30 kilometers) wide.
📷Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU