Sunsets, Continued

Here’s one more sunset picture. It’s not from Stony Brook. Can you guess where it is?


If you figured out it probably wasn’t anywhere on this planet by how small the sun looks, you’re doing well. This is Gusev crater, on Mars, taken in 2005 by the Spirit Rover.

For some reason the sight of an extraterrestrial sunset really gets to me. Of course I’m excited by the otherworldliness of it, but at the same time I think what really makes the image most impactful to me is the familiarity of it. It doesn’t quite look right for a sunset, but it’s not too far off either. It makes me feel like I could well be standing there myself, and it drives the point home that I’m looking at a real Martian sunset, not some special effects shot dreamed up by George Lucas and ILM.


About Colin West
Colin West is a graduate student in quantum information theory, working at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. Originally from Colorado (where he attended college), his interests outside of physics include politics, paper-folding, puzzles, playing-cards, and apparently, plosives.

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