Scientists detect mysterious magnetic pulses on Mars

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Scientists have discovered bizarre bursts of magnetic pulses on Mars that are raising “interesting questions.”

The paper, presented at the European Planetary Science Congress annual meeting earlier this month, notes that the Mars InSight lander has detected these magnetic pulses during the nighttime, a phenomenon that can’t yet be explained.

“The nighttime continuous pulsations found by IFG [InSight FluxGate] are unexpected because they are distinct from what are typically observed on the Earth’s surface at the same local time,” the researchers wrote. “On the other hand, we have not found the Mars counterparts for many types of geomagnetic pulsations well known in Earth studies.”

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