Space News: Water ‘Lake’ Revealed on Mars, Awesome Pics of Mars’ Stormy Skies + 2 More Hot News of the Week

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Water ‘lake’ revealed on Mars

Source: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

The scientists have found an existing liquid body of water “lake” on Mars. The new liquid body sits under the planet’s south polar ice cap, and is about 12 miles across.

“In light blue, you can see where the reflections from the bottom are stronger than surface reflection. This is something that is to us the tell tale sign of the presence of water,” Prof Roberto Orosei from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics.

The research team estimates that the thickness of the layer of water is one-meter minimum.

“This really qualifies this as a body of water. A lake, not some kind of meltwater filling some space between rock and ice, as happens in certain glaciers on Earth,” Prof Orosei added.

Longest total lunar eclipse of this century

Source: Getty Images

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday, and it will transform the moon into a reddish orange color for more than 100 minutes, according to .

Scientists say the reason this Friday’s lunar eclipse is especially long is that the moon is passing almost directly through the central part of Earth’s shadow. To compare, it falls just 4 minutes shy of the longest possible time a lunar eclipse could last.

Read more about it here.

Stormy skies of Mars and Saturn

Source: , ESA, A. SIMON (GSFC) AND THE OPAL TEAM, AND J. DEPASQUALE (STSCI)

The intrepid Hubble Space Telescope recently took pics of stormy skies on Mars and Saturn’s moons.

Scientifically this phenomenon is called “opposition” as, during these periods, people can see Mars or Saturn rise in the East, while the sun sets opposite us, in the West.

Source: , ESA, A. SIMON (GSFC) AND THE OPAL TEAM, AND J. DEPASQUALE (STSCI)

Unfortunately,   states, “eventually, Hubble’s time will end. As the years progress, Hubble’s components will slowly degrade to the point at which the telescope stops working.”

Black hole helped to confirm Einstein theories

Source: Popular Science

By observing a cluster of stars near the hole, the astronomers were able to confirm a phenomenon known as “gravitational redshift”, one of the main prediction of Albert Einstein.

Frank Eisenhauer, from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) said, “we will see many more effects of general relativity in the galactic center black hole. We will see the orbits of the stars change, we will see light go in circles, we will even see space-time rotate together with the black hole.”


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