The truth behind the rainbow NASA captured on Mars

It's neither a rainbow nor a dustbow!

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 16:16 IST

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover created an uproar online when it shared beautiful images captured from the surface of Mars. Among the bunch of images shared by the rover was an image of what looked like a rainbow on the Red planet.

The image sparked massive outrage on social media with netizens speculating that rainbows shouldn't be visible in the Martian atmosphere owing to the presence of an extremely dry atmosphere.

Some Reddit users suggested that the structure in the image capture by NASA's rover is not a rainbow but a dust-bow. For those of you who aren't sure, the Martian surface is extremely dusty. One of the Redditor says that the dust found on Mars is much finer than the one found in deserts on Earth, which is what helps in creating the phenomenon on Martian soil.

Now, NASA has jumped in to answer all questions and end the debate once and for all.

“Many have asked: Is that a rainbow on Mars? No. Rainbows aren't possible here. Rainbows are created by light reflected off of round water droplets, but there isn't enough water here to condense, and it's too cold for liquid water in the atmosphere. This arc is a lens flare,” NASA wrote in a tweet.

In case you are still not sure. It's a lens flare that NASA's rover captured in the image, not a rainbow or a dustbow.

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First Published Date: 07 Apr, 17:11 IST
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