Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 12, 2014

Pseudo-Pyramids near Olympus Mons
Pseudo-Pyramids near Olympus Mons

In this Extra-Detail-Magnification (or "EDM", for short) we can see two (relatively) small "Pyramidal-like" rocky reliefs which are found towards the North/Eastern portion of the frame that was shown in yesterday's APOD (such as February 11, 2014), these Features are located in very close proximity with Olympus Mons' South/Eastern Escarpment

The physical configuration of this (however very unusually-looking) kind of Surface Features - in a way, not too uncommon on Mars (and almost always source of major disagreements about their true origin...) - could be related (due) to the joint action of Major (---> Dominant and powerful) Winds which, by blowing on the original Feature for eons - and, from time to time, also from different directions - shaped the original unearthed Rocky Blocks in what could look like a couple of Twin-Pyramids, both with an almost (let's just say "remarkably clear") triangular base.

What else to say about them at this time? In our opinion, as IPF, that these Surface Features are really just true and, in a way, unbelievable Wonders of the Nature. In the Future, probably (and hopefully...), we shall be able to know (and, therefore, to say) something more about these and other similar Martian Pseudo-Pyramids. Stay tuned then!...

Latitude (centered): 50,4210° North
Longitude (centered): 28,5003° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is a crop taken from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 17895) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced, Gamma corrected and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter and then looked down, towards the Surface of Mars), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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