By David-Aghadiuno Published 07/12/2016 15:05:00 | Views: 2408

Astronomers have in fact discovered dark sand dunes on Mars that resemble Morse code. But they're pretty sure it isn't little green men trying to tell us something.

The images of the dark dunes were first captured by a high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in February.

So just what are they? A report from the red planet, or just a weird little topographical anomaly? According to NASA, it's definetely the latter.

The dunes have formed in a depressed area on the planet's surface that appears to be an old asteroid impact crater. NASA has explained that the circular depression has impacted both the amount of sand available to form dunes and the way the winds carve up the dunes in a strange way. So instead of forming the long, flowing lines of dunes we’re used to seeing on our planet, the winds on this part of Mars swirled in such a way to create distinct dots and dashes of dunes.

Why does this happen there? Scientists still don’t know.

“This process is not well understood at present and is one motivation (to study) this area,” NASA said in a press release.

However, just what do these dots and dashes mean if you were to convert them to the written word? Planetary scientist Veronica Bray translated it for


Well, if the Martians are trying to speak to us, they really need to work on their sentence structure.

By David-Aghadiuno 07/12/2016 15:05:00

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