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Where on Earth: Atmospheric Gravity Waves

What causes these cloud patterns?


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory (

  • Image of Atmospheric Gravity Waves over the South Atlantic Ocean; Terra satellite

  • Image of wind waves on ocean; NOAA

  • Image of duck wake by Andy Beecroft

  • Image of raindrop ripples by Arbyreed

  • Movie showing wave propagation; STScI/NASA

  • Written by Leah Ramsey

  • Designed by Dani Player

  • Music from Yesh Music (ASCAP)


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!