Red Star In The Sky
The infamous general misconception about this magnificently luminous red star within the sky is not a star, but actually the planet Mars! Often times the giant red star gets mistaken for a unique star, a new apparently red satellite, or even perhaps an UFO! Truthfully though, it is just the planet Mars coming out to say hello. That is correct, that red illuminant light you always thought was a odd rare star that rarely comes out is actually the planet Mars.
Mars’s distinct rich red color actually varies within the planet from that crimson red that it is commonly depicted as to an orange or even sometimes a peculiar grey. The reason we can see Mars is because it is relatively close enough, 55 million kilometers away, which is close enough that it can be visible to the naked eye. Furthermore, the planet Mars is enormous enough that it is seen by people all around the world if looked at during the proper time. Therefore, the next time someone states that the red star in the sky is actually a mysterious and unique event, you can correct them and say it indeed is unique and fascinating, but it is only the planet Mars. The reason why Mars is red is because of its iron oxide, also known as rust. It also contains talcum powder, and this basically means that Mars is made out of a whole bunch of metallic rocks that are rusting. The atmosphere is mostly made up of carbon dioxide. It is so thin that water can’t even exist in liquid form but only in vapor or ice form. This is why many scientists refer water as the holy grail of Mars. Do you want to visit Mars one day? Do you plan to live in Mars one day? Well, no human can survive from its very low pressure. Without an appropriate space suit, your blood will turn into bubbles and cause immediate death. Not only that, unlike the Earth, it doesn’t have an ozone layer to protect you from a lethal dose of radiation every time the sun rises. It has the largest and the most violent dust storms in the entire solar system. That storm has winds topping 125mph and can last for weeks. Also, it can cover the entire planet. Although Mars is much colder than the Earth, they have similar tilt on axes, meaning that they have similar seasons. Like Earth, Mars’ north and south polar caps shrink in the summer and grow in the winter. Therefore, Mars’ seasons are twice as long as those on Earth. In addition, a day on Mars is 24 hours and 37 minutes, not 24 hours and it takes 687 days for Mars to orbit the sun, when the Earth only takes 365 days. Our moon stabilizes Earth but Mars doesn’t have a moon so it periodically tilts much more toward the sun. This creates warmer summers than Earth. The only environmental feature that is most similar to the Earth is the Antarctic deserts. However, even the most hostile environments on Earth are far more suitable for life than the surface of Mars.