Cloud maps are part of our daily lives on Earth, but they can also be found on other planets, and of course, it also requires the help of the most advanced computers on Earth. NASA has released a data visualization project that shows how clouds on Mars increase and shrink over a day.
The project is being led by NASA’s Mars Climate Modeling Center at the Ames Research Center in California, with the help of the center’s supercomputing.
In this visualization, we can see a variety of features on the surface of Mars, including four large volcanoes on the left. The huge Mariner Valley extends along the right side of the screen, etching deep marks on the surface of Mars.
This visualization project is based on summer data from the northern hemisphere of Mars. In summer, clouds near the equator tend to form at night and then disperse during the day. The sight looks fascinating, and modeling could help researchers better understand the Martian climate.
The Martian clouds, like the clouds on Earth, are themselves made up of water ice, but are usually thin. By studying such visualizations, scientists have concluded that the Martian cloud affects wind strength and water circulation, NASA said in a statement.