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NASA unveils stunning image of spooky Martian crater with hidden meaning

NASA has unveiled a stunning new image of a crater on Mars – and it has a secret meaning.

On Monday the US Space Agency took to Instagram to share a picture of a strange crater on the red planet.

“Martian crater marks the spot,” Nasa officials wrote in the caption.

“You’re looking at 0° longitude on Mars — the equivalent of Greenwich Observatory on the Red Planet,” the caption continued.

The Greenwich Observatory on Earth is located on a steep hill in London that marks where our planet’s prime meridian line runs.

Prime Meridian is a north-south line that defines where east meets west.

In addition, it is used as a “zero reference line for astronomical observations,” Nasa said.

In the image of Mars there is a large crater in a second rocky basin called Airy Crater.

Airy Crater originally defined Mars’ zero longitude, but as scientists began taking more detailed images of the planet’s surface, they needed a more precise marker.

Therefore, NASA named the smaller crater Airy-0 (zero) as its prime meridian – so as not to alter existing maps.

The US space agency captured the image using the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA has unveiled a stunning new image of a crater on Mars - and it has a secret meaning.
NASA has unveiled a stunning new image of a crater on Mars – and it has a secret meaning.
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Since it went live a few hours ago, the photo has garnered almost 300,000 likes.

Hundreds of Instagram users also commented below the image to express their awe.

“I’m not going to lie, the photo kinda scares me! But very interesting indeed,” wrote one user.

“Wow! What a great picture,” added a second person.

“Looks like water,” noted a third Instagrammer.

This story originally appeared on the sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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DUSTIN JONES

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