Moons of Mars

Getting a sense of perspective for our solar system is sometimes tricky. Planetary bodies and their satellites are in comprehensively huge, right? Well, maybe not with Mars, and it’s wee moons, Phobos and Deimos. Dinky by most measures, this cute and clever video infographic gives you a nice reference for their size and orbit. Well done. Via The Daily Beast:

Moons of Mars // Moss and Fog

Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos

Moons of Mars // Moss and Fog

Compared to our own moon, they are quite rinky dink, though still the size of Mt. Everest or so.

Moons of Mars // Moss and Fog

Their own gravity is weak enough that they don’t even form nice clean spheres.

Moons of Mars // Moss and Fog

Possibly formed from an asteroid belt

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