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Massive Dust Storm on Mars 2020-11-13

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#1 BQ Octantis

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 05:45 AM

For those near my latitude (133˚E), there is a massive dust storm on the ridge of Valles Marineris that started last night ans is still ongoing tonight; it's transiting now, and I'm in the process of imaging it:

 

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 07:38 AM

Here's tonight's data added:

 

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 07:59 AM

Noooo ! It should not develop as a global storm ...


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Posted 13 November 2020 - 09:21 AM

Mars is pulling the curtains shut....undecided.gif


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Posted 13 November 2020 - 01:09 PM

Great images!  Looks like it's spreading pretty fast.


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Posted 13 November 2020 - 05:44 PM

Through the eyepiece on the 12th, the storm looked like Hellas Basin in the wrong spot. Last night it looked a lot more widespread, but I didn't stare long enough to tell if I could make out the two distinct clouds—the seeing was so good, I went straight for the camera!

 

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 06:07 PM

I don't blame you for jumping on good seeing.   grin.gif

 

As Jeff Beish said, this area is known as a start up place for dust storms.  There was the same kind of storm here in 2005.  I sketched the storm expanding in Chryse and then three hours later streaming down Valles Marineris just as it is this time.

 

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 06:57 PM

It's pretty cool to witness the progression. The bands are streaklines that reveal the fluid dynamics over Valles Marineris…



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Posted 13 November 2020 - 07:06 PM

         Glad I got the great view when I got it! Pretty close call, reminds me of when I got my 8 inch Dob & turned it on Saturn excited as all get out. Only to find out... The rings were edge on in 2009. 

 

 

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 07:09 PM

         Glad I got the great view when I got it! Pretty close call, reminds me of when I got my 8 inch Dob & turned it on Saturn excited as all get out. Only to find out... The rings were edge on in 2009.

 

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Now THAT would be most annoying!



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Posted 14 November 2020 - 07:05 PM

      It pretty much was! ROFLOL

 

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