airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | boats | famous | cool ads | funny pics | food | futurism | gadgets | history | japan
military | music | nature | photo | russia | sci-fi | signs | space | sports | steampunk | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird

The Fearsome Scale of Phobos

Link - article by Avi Abrams

Under the Shadow of the Martian Moon

Here is a striking scale comparison of Phobos superimposed upon a medium-size European city, Grenoble, France - does it look unexpectedly small for a Martian moon? Or, true to its name ("Fear"), terrifyingly large and overbearing?

(right image: note two small helicopters hovering right in front of Phobos. Art credit: Ludovic Celle)

Phobos has a highly irregular shape: roughly 26,8 x 18,4 km (somewhat potato-shaped, see here - and not very large), but it is still 7.2 times more massive than Deimos, the second Mars satellite. Here is Phobos hovering over a conventional map of the area:

This wonderful photo manipulation was made by French artist Ludovic Celle, who enjoys making nifty concept art of human colonization of Mars: habitats, vehicles and imaginary landscapes. He shared some of his work exclusively for the readers of Dark Roasted Blend, and we will feature some of his concepts in our forthcoming Mars articles.

The scale of Phobos is also apparent from this futuristic image of spider robots mining its surface:

(image via)

Check out other Mars-related art by Ludovic Celle on his blog. Ludovic Celle also creates other apocalyptic visions involving Grenoble, the most impressive perhaps being the asteroid crater smack in the middle of highways and infrastructure (left image below):

(see more at "Grenoble Apocalypse" here)

By the way, the city of Grenoble can fit entirely inside the biggest crater on Phobos - the Stickney Crater, a testament to some horrifying impact Phobos suffered in the past:

(image via)

Phobos is a really interesting piece of rock (or rather "sponge", as it is really porous). It orbits Mars so closely that it rises and sets above the horizon two times a day - as it whips across the sky much faster than Mars rotates. Phobos also probably contains a huge amount of ice inside its pores... and was probably formed from many chunks of material ejected into space by impacts on the surface of Mars ("representing at least 12 Martian impact events"). Thus, it can be defined as some sort of a celestial 3D jigsaw puzzle - as it zips around Mars waiting for us to take a closer look and explore its "fearsome" innards.

If the awesome picture of Phobos "hovering" over Grenoble made you wonder what would happen if this were an asteroid impact, rest assured that a heavenly body this size would completely obliterate every sign of life on Earth (including every multicellular organism in existence, not just destroy our civilization).

(image via)

Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.




DRB Time-Slice:
Infinite Music & "Oud" Masterpieces

Unique melody for every day of the year!

DRB Feel-Good
DRB Feel-Good Issue #24

Loads of cool and rare imagery

DRB Time-Slice: 1930 Design:
Golden Telephone For Pope Pius

You needed to kneel to speak with Pope Pius XII by phone

"Dark Roasted Blend" - All Kinds of Weird and Wonderful Things, Discovered Daily!"

DRB is a top-ranked and respected source for the best in art, travel and fascinating technology, with a highly visual presentation. Our in-depth articles in many categories make DRB a highly visual online magazine, bringing you quality entertainment every time you open your "feed" reader or visit our site - About DRB

Connect with us and become part of DRB on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus; make sure to subscribe to our updates.



Anonymous Schuimtabak said...

But Phobos is just a harmless moon of Mars, it isn't going anywhere, certainly not Europe.
Phobosphobia is silly!!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best word of the day :-)

Anonymous JUMO said...

Why not take a more "realistic" approach? What if the moon was earth, and earth was our moon. Would it still be habitable, our would earth's gravity create tides so big, all land would be flooded time and time again?


Post a Comment

<< Home

Don't miss: The Ultimate Guide to NEW SF&F Writers!
Fiction Reviews: Classic Cyberpunk: Extreme Fiction
Short Fiction Reviews: Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" (with pics)
New Fiction Reviews: The Surreal Office


Colorful South American Buses, Part 2

If you are braving some of the riskiest roads, you might as well have a colorful ride!

DRB Time-Slice: 1966 Vehicles: Latin America Buses

"Psychedelic-Style" Mercedes-Benz LO 1112 Bus

Knock Three Times: Esoteric Door Knockers & Door Handles

Most intricate, bizarre, fascinating designs

The Majesty of Orion Nebula

Ferocious stellar winds, causing gravitational collapse

Just Horsing Around (Funny Pics)

Solarium for Horses, and more

Japanese Umbrellas: Rainbow Variations

Japanese sky melts down... in color

"Pale Memory" Traumatic Explosion

Stunning Photo-Realistic (and Wildly Surreal) Paintings by Jeremy Geddes

Creative (and Weird) Basketball Hoops

Exercise Anywhere! Make your hoop out of anything!

Quantum Shot #881
Fascinating Maps:
Origins of Important Historical Figures in Europe

Europe Seen Through a Temporal Telescope: 1400-1950

DRB Pic-of-the-Day
Pic-of-the-Day: Feather Sea Star

"Flowers of the Coral Seas"

DRB Feel-Good
DRB Feel-Good Issue #20

Loads of cool and rare imagery

Futuristic "Sofil" 1953 Vehicle

Marvelous bus designed by Felix Aublet

More Lovely Micro Cars

Small is Timeless!

DRB Pic-of-the-Day: Thunder Robot Army

Plus a bunch of Freddie-Ford auto robots

Adorable Bubble-Cars

Great Things Come in Small Packages

These Glorious Three-Wheeled Microcars

Jellybean Three-Wheelers! (Who Needs an Extra Wheel?)

Japan Robot Restaurant: Totally Over-the-Top!

Probably the craziest restaurant in the entire world

Nightmare Playgrounds, Part 2
Nightmare Playgrounds, Part 1

Seriously disturbing sculptures, meant for kids

Nightmare Playgrounds, Part 3

When trapped in a nightmare, enjoy a kiddie-slide!

Cars with Propellers, Part 2

Futuristic "Pillbug", built in 1936 in Germany

DRB Pic-of-the-Day: Shire on Earth

Found! The secret hideout of hobbits

Cars with Propellers, Part 1

Essential steampunk transportation

FULL ARCHIVES (with previews, fast loading):

Sep-Oct 2014 -- July-Aug 2014 --
June 2014 -- May 2014 -- April 2014 -- Feb-March 2014 --
January 2014 -- Oct-Dec 2013 -- September 2013 --
August 2013 -- July 2013 -- May-June 2013 -- April 2013 --
March 2013 -- February 2013 -- Dec-Jan 2013 --
November 2012 -- October 2012 -- September 2012 --
August 2012 -- July 2012 -- June 2012 -- May 2012 -- April 2012 --
March 2012 -- February 2012 -- Dec-Jan 2012 --
November 2011 -- October 2011 -- September 2011 --
August 2011 -- July 2011 -- June 2011 --
May 2011 -- April 2011 -- March 2011 --
February 2011 -- January 2011 -- December 2010 --
November 2010 -- October 2010 -- September 2010 --
August 2010 - July 2010 -- June 2010 --
May 2010 -- April 2010 -- March 2010 --
Winter 2009-2010 -- Oct-Nov 2009 -- September 2009 --
August 2009 -- June-July 2009 -- May 2009 --
April 2009 -- March 2009 -- February 2009 --
January 2009 -- December 2008 -- November 2008 --
October 2008 -- September 2008 -- August 2008 --
July 2008 -- June 2008 -- May 2008 --
April 2008 -- March 2008 -- February 2008 --
January 2008 -- Dec, 2007 -- November 2007 --
October 2007 -- September 2007 -- August 2007 --
July 2007 -- June 2007 -- May 2007 --
April 2007 -- March 2007 -- February 2007 --
January 2007 -- December 2006 -- November 2006 --
October 2006 -- Link Latte Issues -- Biscotti Issues

airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | boats | books | cool ads | funny pics | famous | futurism | food
gadgets | health | history | humour | japan | internet | link latte | military | music | nature | photo | russia | steampunk
sci-fi & fantasy | signs | space | sports | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird

Cool Ads
Extreme Weather
Funny Pics
Link Latte
Oops Accidents
Science Fiction

UE Abandoned

Avi Abrams
Rachel Abrams
M. Christian
Simon Rose
Paul Schilperoord
Scott Seegert
Constantine vonHoffman

Send us your topic ideas, site suggestions, rants or sweet unpublished poetry. We love to hear from you.

Samsung Galaxy Case friendly.