Massive dust storm transforms Sydney into an alien world

Ever wonder what it'd be like to live on Mars? Australians got a little taste of it on Wednesday, as a massive dust storm 310 miles wide and 620 miles long swept over the country's eastern states, carrying over 75,000 tons of red dust in a gale that was visible from space. The skies turned orange and everything turned red from the dust, and luckily there were some intrepid photographers on the scene in Sydney to bring us the alien-looking landscape. It's the worst dust storm Australia's experienced in 70 years.

Above is a selection of our favorites from "Red Dust," a Flickr group currated by Tom Coates. There's also an impressive collection over at The Big Picture.

And here's a newscast on how it all went down:

Via Laughing Squid