SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Rosy Haze, Black Hole Jet, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Rosy Haze, Black Hole Jet, More
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December 1, 2009--Like ships plowing through water, the British-controlled South Sandwich Islands create V-shaped "wakes" in clouds over the Atlantic Ocean, seen in a recent picture taken by NASA's Terra satellite.

As winds flow around and over each island, the air forms waves that get cooler at the peaks and warmer in the troughs, causing clouds to form at the peaks but not the troughs—hence the curved holes in the cloud cover seen above.
—Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
 
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