Massive Mars Dust Storms  Imbalances

Triggered by Heat

Mars' planet-engulfing dust

 storms are being driven by a dramatic energy imbalance between seasons and even between day and night on the Red Planet, new research has found.

One of the most interesting

findings is that energy excess — more energy being absorbed than produced — could be one of the generating mechanisms of dust storms on Mars

 Mars is famous for 

its dust storms, which tend to whip up during summertime in the planet's southern hemisphere

Often they can grow to

 encompass a substantial region of the Red Planet. For example, in January 2022, a dust storm covered nearly twice the area of the United States

Researchers found that dust 

storms are strongly related to the imbalance between the amount of solar energy being absorbed by Mars and the amount of energy it then re-radiates as heat.

On Mars, the dust storm 

season will gear up again in the next few months, with the Red Planet's southern hemisphere passing its spring equinox in February 2022, according to the Planetary Society. 

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