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Kelvin–Helmholtz Instability

Waves in the sky.

Named after the two great men of science who made pioneering contributions to Fluid Dynamics, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability is observed in a wide range of phenomena both on Earth and beyond. For instance, the Red Spot of Jupiter, the Sun’s corona and the bands of Saturn.

These Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds were seen on Christmas eve last year in the Mojave Desert outside the town of Ridgecrest, California.

Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud formations in desert over Ridgecrest, California

Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II

Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds over Ridgecrest, California

Wider snapshot
iPhone 6

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