The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared an image of a Mars moon that looks like a potato! The image was shared by NASA on its official Instagram account and has received over 1,000,000 likes.
The caption for the image states, “You say potato, we say Mars Moon. This is an image of Phobos, the largest of Mars’ two raggedy moons, as seen by the @UAHiRISE camera aboard our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Taken from 6,800 kilometres (4,225 miles) above the surface, the image shows a pockmarked celestial body with a large impact basin called Stickney crater”.
It further states that Phobos was discovered in 1877 by American astronomer Asaph Hall, and one popular theory is that it might be a captured asteroid. In Greek mythology, Phobos and Deimos are the twin sons of Ares (Mars in Roman mythology). Check out this stunning image:
“The grooves seen along its side could be the result of tidal forces – the mutual gravitational pull of the planet and the moon. Scientists have calculated that tiny Phobos is nearing Mars at a rate of 1.8 meters (6 feet) every century, meaning it will either crash into the planet in 50 million years or break up into a ring of debris,” states the caption.
NASA recently also shared an image of a sparkling galactic duo captured by NASA Hubble Space Telescope. The duo is located approximately 350 million light-years away. In this image here, you can spot a galaxy on the left – a lenticular galaxy, and a galaxy on the right – a spiral galaxy facing side-on. These two galaxies are members of the Perseus galaxy cluster.