Scientist modeled how sunsets look on other planets of the solar system

(ORDO NEWS) — More and more often, computer modeling allows you to get to other planets for those who in childhood dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but eventually became a sales manager. With only a computer in front of him, now everyone can fly over one of the largest craters in the solar system, or even dock a SpaceX spacecraft to the ISS with his own hands. And now you can still sit back with a cocktail on the back of a hammock and enjoy the sunsets on other planets.

Despite the fact that the planets of our system revolve around one Sun, the sunsets on them look differently. And all because of the difference in distances and atmospheric compositions.

However, a scientist and planetary researcher from NASA Jeronimo Villanueva was able to show how these sunsets will look. A researcher at the Goddard Space Flight Center, using a computer model developed to study Uranus, was able to show how sunlight is refracted through the atmospheres of other planets.

After simulating the sunset on Uranus, Jeronimo set to work on other planets: Mars, Venus and Titan – the satellite of Saturn. The result was a video showing how during sunset the Earth – the colors change on others.

By the way, there are two Earths in the video: one (Earth) in its present form, and the second (Hazy Earth) next to it is the Earth in the Age of Archaea (from 4.0 to 2.5 billion years ago), when the atmosphere was a mixed vapor-gas mass , and was, in simple terms, “smoky.”

When the sun moves from horizon to horizon, the colors of each planet begin to change. For example, on Mars, the sky moves from brown to grayish-blue, because small particles of Martian dust in the atmosphere effectively scatter blue light from the sun when it descends to the horizon. Other planets also behave in accordance with the nature of their atmosphere. Someday we will look at it live.


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