Blue Martian Sunset

Earth is a blue planet that has red sunsets. Mars is a red planet with blue sunsets!
From its vantage point on the surface of Mars, NASA's rover Opportunity relayed a spectacular series of images of a blue-hued sunset on the red planet. Scientists then stitched the pictures, taken over a period of 17 minutes, into a 30-second movie simulation.

The bluish glow around the sun is due to the same dust particles that make Mars' sky appear red. The pictures were taken on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 using three different filters on the rover's panoramic camera.

See the video and other images of and from Mars at Discovery News. Link -via Holy Kaw!

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NOT!...The color of the sunset is due to the wavelength/color/energy of the light that makes it through the atmosphere. Nothing to do with the color of the dust in the atmosphere! On Mars the atmosphere is thinner so a sunset is blue similar to the sky during the day on Earth...Duh!
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