The Devil is in the Details
The Devil is in the Details
ESP_061787_2140  Science Theme: Impact Processes
The HiRISE camera has done it again: here is yet another stunning image of an active dust devil on Mars.

Dust devils are rotating columns of dust that form around low-pressure air pockets, and are common on both Earth and Mars. This Martian dust devil formed on the dust-covered, volcanic plains of Amazonis Planitia. The dust devil is bright, and its core is roughly 50 meters across. The dark streak on the ground behind the dust devil is its shadow. The length of the shadow suggests the plume of rotating dust rises about 650 meters into the atmosphere!

There are several HiRISE images of tracks left behind by dust devils, but it is rare to catch one in motion. Check out this amazing image of a nearby dust devil.

Written by: Sharon Wilson  (10 February 2020)
Acquisition date
01 October 2019

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
294.3 km (182.9 miles)

Original image scale range
29.4 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~88 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
41°, with the Sun about 49° above the horizon

Solar longitude
87.3°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  5.9°
Black and white
map projected  non-map

IRB color
map projected  non-map

Merged IRB
map projected

Merged RGB
map projected

RGB color
non-map projected

Black and white
map-projected   (642MB)

IRB color
map-projected   (346MB)

Black and white
map-projected  (249MB)
non-map           (334MB)

IRB color
map projected  (84MB)
non-map           (271MB)

Merged IRB
map projected  (187MB)

Merged RGB
map-projected  (183MB)

RGB color
non map           (274MB)
B&W label
Color label
Merged IRB label
Merged RGB label
EDR products

IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
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Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images

All of the images produced by HiRISE and accessible on this site are within the public domain: there are no restrictions on their usage by anyone in the public, including news or science organizations. We do ask for a credit line where possible:
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.