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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
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Thursday, 28 August 2008

Turbulence patterns



This delicious Hubble (false colour) image of Jupiter shows patterns of turbulence similar to those seen behind Earth's Aleutian Islands in the satellite image below.  The lower ones are a specific type called Von Karman vortices, named after the Hungarian scientist who first described them mathematically.


6 comments:

  1. I love looking at Jupiter through my 10 inch scope here. The image will never rival the big telescopes but there is just something incredibly cool about seeing the red spot from your own backyard.

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  2. *Very* incredibly cool! What a marvelous thing to do!

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  3. Fibonacci ratios all over the place. And korus! - somebody should put in a Waitangi claim on Jupiter on the strength of this photo. The Aleutians also.

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  4. Yes Kelvin! I noticed the korus too! As for Fabonacci spirals - well, then you're in the realms of that wonderful place where art, aesthetics, spiritualism, maths and nature all overlap. I feel a post coming on...

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  5. Beautiful images

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