Phenomena

Where Jupiter Got Its Swirls

When layers of a fluid are moving at different relative velocities, they shear against one another. This shear can trigger the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, which develops as a waves along the interface. Here Hubble captures Kelvin-Helmholtz waves along the cloud bands of Jupiter, but such clouds are also not uncommon here on Earth. (Photo credit: J. Spencer and NASA)

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