A dust devil can be seen moving inside the Gale Crater on Mars in a series of images taken by the Curiosity rover earlier this month. “Stronger surface heating tends to produce stronger convection and convective vortices, which consist of fast winds whipping around low pressure cores [and] if those vortices are strong enough, they can raise dust from the surface and become visible as ‘dust devils’ that we can image with our cameras,” explained researcher Claire Newman.

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