Ever wondered what it would be like to watch the sun set on one of our neighbouring planets? NASA’s Planetary Spectrum Generator (PSG) can show you.
The tool, created by Geronimo Villanueva, a planetary scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is used to synthesise/ retrieve planetary spectra for a broad range of wavelengths. According to SciTech Daily, this helps scientists replicate how light is transferred on different planets and moons to give a better idea of what their atmosphere and surfaces are made up of.
It was created in 2015 but came online in 2016, after years of collating work from laboratory spectroscopists.
The animations show an all-sky view with the Sun represented as a white dot. Each then creates a sunset based on that planet or celestial body’s specific environment.