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Sunset Swirls

Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds over Slovenia. By Gregor Riačevič.

This gorgeous photograph of Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds was taken in late December in Slovenia by Gregor Riačevič. The wave-like shape of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability comes from shear between two fluid layers moving at different relative speeds. Here on Earth, clouds like these are often short-lived, but we see similar structures in the atmospheres of gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn. (Image credit: G. Riačevič; submitted by Matevz D.)

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