The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has revealed a stunning new image of a Mars crater.

The United States space agency took to Instagram to share an image of a strange crater on the planet Mars on Monday.

“The Martian crater marks the spot,” The National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials wrote in the caption under the image.

“You’re looking at 0° longitude on Mars—the Greenwich Observatory equivalent on the Red Planet,” the caption continued.

On Earth, the Greenwich Observatory sits atop a steep hill in London, marking where our planet’s Prime Meridian line runs.

Prime Meridian is a north-south line that defines where east meets west.

Furthermore, it is used as the “zero reference line for astronomical observations,” The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.

In the image of the Red Planet, a large crater sits within a second rocky basin, designated the “Airy Crater.”

The Airy Crater originally defined zero-longitude for the Red Planet, but as scientists started capturing more detailed images of its surface, they needed a more precise marker.

Hence, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration designated the smaller crater, dubbed Airy-0, as Prime Meridian.

The United States space agency captured the image using the HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) on the Red Planet Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The photo has garnered nearly 300k likes in a few hours, and hundreds of Instagram users also commented on the image to express their awe.

“Not gonna lie, the photo kinda creeps me out! But very interesting indeed,” one user wrote.

“Wow! What an amazing picture,” a second person added.

“Looks like water,” a third Instagrammer noted.

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