Astronomers Finally Find an Explanation for Mars’ Huge Cloud

Astronomers Finally Find an Explanation for Mars’ Huge Cloud

While space agencies are pretty sure that there’s nothing alive and intelligent on the Mars, here’s another weird aspect of the Red Planet that has given astronomers plenty of homework: a huge cloud the size of an American state that comes back every spring. 

But who knows, maybe aliens do exist on Mars, and nobody has found them yet! 

The possibility of life on Mars is like the ultimate cosmic “Where’s Waldo?” game. Scientists have been searching high and low for any sign of life on the red planet, but so far, all they’ve found is a bunch of rocks and dust. But, just like in the children’s book, just when you think you’ve searched every inch and given up hope, BAM! There could be Waldo (or in this case, a microbial organism).

Arsia Mons Elongated Cloud (AMEC) enters the cosmic scene

Scientists made a surprising discovery in 2018 when they stumbled upon an elongated cloud on Mars, known as the Arsia Mons Elongated Cloud (AMEC), using the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Visual Monitoring Camera. The cloud is said to be incredibly long, stretching across the equivalent of a few mid-sized countries on Earth. After much investigation, scientists finally uncovered the reason for its existence – a volcano located in the southern region of Mars, according to Mashable. This revelation was published in 2020, and recent studies have shed more light on how this volcano creates this cloud, quite a unique and intriguing phenomenon observed on the Red Planet.

Let’s be real; finding life on Mars would be like winning the cosmic lottery. Imagine the excitement of discovering microbial organisms on a whole new planet, it’s like hitting the jackpot in the most epic game of “Where’s Waldo” in the universe. And who knows, maybe one day we’ll discover that Mars is actually just one big colony of Martians, just waiting for us to find them.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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