APOD: Luminous Salar de Uyuni (2017 Apr 15)

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APOD: Luminous Salar de Uyuni (2017 Apr 15)

Postby APOD Robot » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:08 am

Image Luminous Salar de Uyuni

Explanation: A scene in high contrast this thoughtful night skyscape is a modern composition inspired by M. C. Escher's lithograph Phosphorescent Sea. In it, bright familiar stars of Orion the Hunter and Aldebaran, eye of Taurus the Bull, hang in clear dark skies above a distant horizon. Below, faintly luminous edges trace an otherworldly constellation of patterns in mineral-crusted mud along the Uyuni Salt Flat of southwest Bolivia. The remains of an ancient lake, the Uyuni Salt Flat, Salar de Uyuni, is planet Earth's largest salt flat, located on the Bolivian Altiplano at an altitude of about 3,600 meters. Escher's 1933 lithograph also featured familiar stars in planet Earth's night, framing The Plough or Big Dipper above waves breaking on a more northern shore.

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Re: APOD: Luminous Salar de Uyuni (2017 Apr 15)

Postby RedFishBlueFish » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:44 am

Breathtaking and timeless image!

Beyond words to describe.

Thank you!

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Re: APOD: Luminous Salar de Uyuni (2017 Apr 15)

Postby Case » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:19 am

What the ground looks like during the day.

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Postby sillyworm2 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:44 pm

What a wonderfully framed picture.I like how the salt flats have a crystal pattern on the surface.

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Re: APOD: Luminous Salar de Uyuni (2017 Apr 15)

Postby neufer » Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:04 pm

sillyworm2 wrote:
What a wonderfully framed picture.I like how the salt flats have a crystal pattern on the surface.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud_cracks_on_Mars wrote:
<<In January, 2017, scientists announced the possible discovery of mud cracks in Gale Crater on Mars. The Curiosity Rover imaged what may be the first mud cracks (desiccation cracks) ever found on Mars. They may have been formed from drying mud. The site, called “Old Soaker,” was within an exposure of Murray formation mudstone on lower Mount Sharp. It is hypothesized that these cracks formed more than 3 billion years ago and then were buried by more sediment. All this material eventually turned into rock. Later wind erosion removed the layers that covered the cracked layer. The cracks were filled with material which was resistant to later erosion. This erosion resistant material formed raised ridges, as some of the surrounding layer was removed. This is the first sighting of mud cracks. Previously, Curiosity has examined cracks and ridges of different shapes that were made by groundwater carrying minerals, such as calcium sulfate. Cracks for this process were caused by the pressure of overlying sediments fracturing rock. Gale Crater held ancient lakes that varied in depth and area over time, and sometimes disappeared. Mud cracks show that there were dry times when lakes disappeared. Besides this evidence of mud, Curiosity has found evidence of ancient lakes in older layers and also in younger mudstone. Nathan Stein, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology led the investigation.>>
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