- High winds have carved interesting shapes into the Martian south pole, including what appears to be an angel and a massive red heart.
- Images of the shapes have been showcased by the European Space Agency,
- The south pole of Mars is actually quite wet, with liquid water lying beneath an icy crust, so understanding the forces at work in the region could unlock some of the planet’s secrets.
It’s the holiday season in many countries here on Earth, and if you lean toward the religious meanings of various dates on the calendar you’re probably familiar with seeing angels associated with these events. Based on new images released by the European Space Agency, it looks like Mars decided to play along this year, with various forces carving out shapes near the planet’s south pole that look a whole lot like an angel and a bold red heart.
Researchers are studying the interesting shapes not because they look like something you might see on a holiday mural here on Earth, but because of the interesting events that made them possible. Of course, if you’re in the holiday mood, you can just imagine that Mars decorated for us.
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