Morse Code Resembling Dark Dune Patterns Discovered On Mars

Morse Code Resembling Dark Dune Patterns Discovered On Mars

Mars has been found to be home to a bizarre field of dark dunes that dissonantly resemble the dots and dashes that form Morse code. The discovery was made by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). While, the pictures of the field had been taken earlier also, the most recent ones taken on February 6, 2016 reveal a more comprehensive picture, which enables researchers for the first time to translate the message.

The message is not from any alien, but suggestive of the patterns of winds on Mars. Winds are responsible for forming dune patterns on the Red Planet, like the way it happens on Earth. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera that is operated by the University of Arizona in Tucson on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the pictures of the field.

The shape and direction of dunes that are subjective to local topography, usually point towards the wind direction. However, in this case, NASA revealed that it is tough to find out the direction of the winds due to the complex formation of the dunes.

Meanwhile, the recent pictures do highlight the intricacy of wind patterns on the red planet. An aged and infilled impact crater has been the probable cause behind the creation of a circular depression, which has restricted the availability of sand for the formation of dunes and has also impacted local winds.


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