May 26, 2019

Astro-Vid Of the Week: The Transit of Deimos

Phobos & Deimos as seen from MSL

Credit: NASA/JPL.

(Click here for full size view).

This past week saw the celebration of the one year anniversary of the landing of the Mars Curiosity rover at Gale crater. In just one year, the SUV-sized rover has revolutionized our understanding of the Red Planet.

And although itís equipped to be a geologist, the Mars Science laboratory (MSL) has been a surreptitious astronomer on occasion as well. We routinely comb through the MSL camera archive and were recently surprised to find an image of the Martian Moons of Phobos and Deimos in one frame! [Read more...]