Martian dust storm has become global

The Martian dust storm continues to intensify. By June 19, the storm had “girded” the planet, and was officially transferred to the global category. In scale, it is comparable to a similar storm observed by the Viking-1 station in 1977.
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The sky over the Gale crater (there is the Curiosity rover) June 18
At the same time, for the time being the current storm is yielding over the territory covered by the last global storm of 2007, not to mention the famous storms of 1971-1972 and 2001. Then the dust completely covered the entire red planet except for the tops of the highest volcanoes. The storm of 2018 is more diffuse and heterogeneous. It is difficult for specialists to make any definite predictions about its further development.
Martian dust storm has become a global Opportunity, Curiosity, Gale, Planet, Crater, Communication, More, Conditions, Territory, Rover, Is, Rover, Tau, Red, Planet, Martian, Weeks, Background, Plan

NASA still has no news from the Opportunity rover. The last time the rover got in touch with the Earth was June 10th. A recent analysis of the long-term survivability of the rover showed that Opportunity electronics and batteries can withstand long-term exposure to low temperatures, which gives some hope for the continuation of its mission.But in any case, even if Opportunity and get in touch, it will not happen before the Martian sky cleans from the dust.
Martian dust storm has become a global Opportunity, Curiosity, Gale, Planet, Crater, Communication, More, Conditions, Territory, Rover, Is, Rover, Tau, Red, Planet, Martian, Weeks, Background, Plan

Images showing changes in light levels in the Gale crater. Left was made on May 21st. Right - June 17th.
In conditions of silence Opportunity, the only source of information from the surface of the red planet remains the Curiosity rover. The pictures he took demonstrate how every day the sky above Gale's crater becomes more and more dusty. The Tau index, which determines the degree of transparency of the Martian atmosphere, has already reached 8. Before Opportunity stopped communicating, the Tau indicator in its region was about 11.
Martian dust storm has become a global Opportunity, Curiosity, Gale, Planet, Crater, Communication, More, Conditions, Territory, Rover, Is, Rover, Tau, Red, Planet, Martian, Weeks, Background, Plan

An animation demonstrating the increasing dustiness of the sky over the Gale crater over the past few weeks. The mountains in the background are the crater shaft. It is located 30 km from Curiosity
Most often, Martian dust storms occur when spring arrives in the southern hemisphere of the red planet. As the upper layer of the south polar cap thaws (it is much larger than the north one), a large amount of released carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. This process stimulates dust storms.
Martian dust storm has become a global Opportunity, Curiosity, Gale, Planet, Crater, Communication, More, Conditions, Territory, Rover, Is, Rover, Tau, Red, Planet, Martian, Weeks, Background, Plan

The absolute majority of them remain localized and, as a rule, dissipate within a week. But some cover vast territories and become global. Experts hope that Curiosity data, as well as research satellites orbiting the planet, will help to better understand the mechanisms of their formation and evolution.

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