Among its many duties, the Mars rover, Curiosity, takes the temperature of the air on Mars regularly. In its latest readings, Curiosity took a temperature reading of -9 degrees Fahrenheit. Just nine days later, at the Mt. Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, it was -34 degrees Fahrenheit. This is before the Bombogenesis took aim at New England! New Hampshire is not alone either, with temperatures plunging all over America. Even Miami is feeling the chill.
But here's the crazy part. According to Michael Mischna at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, the air on Mars feels warmer, even at the same temperature as on Earth. Meaning -9 Farenheight on Mars feels warmer than -9 Farenheight on Earth. Why? Well, it's the same reason there is life on Earth and probably not on Mars. Water.
What happens when you jump in a pool that is 65 degrees Farenheight? You freeze, right? But 65 degrees Farenheight is a very pleasant air temp. That is because water is great at sucking the warmth out of your body. So on Mars, where there is almost no water vapor in the air, not as much heat is sucked out. It sounds like a case for Mr. Wizard or Bill Nye, right? Crazy stuff.
So as you bundle up out there this week, be envious of the Martians. They are experiencing a heat wave compared to what we in North America are dealing with.
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